By Anthony Kushaba
Tragedy struck on the Ntungamo -Kabale highway as a fatal collision unfolded in Muhanga town around 1840 hours, resulting in the loss of one life and injuries to two individuals.
The crash involved a red Bajaj boxer with registration number UFR 317E and a white Fuso fighter bearing registration number UBK 737K on Tuesday evening.
The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Turanzomwe Rauben, a resident of Ahabusikano village in Muyumbu Parish, Kyanamira sub-county, Kabale District. The injured victims are 22-year-old Justus Ngabirano from the same village and 20-year-old Muhereza Eriya from Buyango village, Kashekye Parish, Kamwezi sub-county, Rukiga District.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the incident occurred at the Muhanga-Kisizi junction when the unidentified driver of a Fuso truck, transporting green tea leaves from Kisiizi, failed to yield the right of way to an approaching Bajaj motorcycle ridden by the deceased. The collision rendered all three occupants of the motorcycle unconscious, and the Fuso driver fled the scene immediately.
The primary cause of the accident has been attributed to reckless driving by the Fuso truck driver.
Elly Maate, the Regional Police Spokesperson for Kigezi, issued a statement confirming the prompt response of the police’s traffic team and integrated highway unit to the incident. A sketch plan was created to document the accident details, and the injured victims were swiftly transported to Kabale Hospital. Unfortunately, the motorcycle rider succumbed to injuries upon arrival at the hospital.
Efforts are underway to locate the unidentified Fuso truck driver, and the authorities are working to impound the vehicle. The deceased’s body has been taken to the mortuary pending a postmortem examination.
Authorities are urging individuals with information about the incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. This tragic incident underscores the critical importance of road safety and responsible driving to prevent such devastating accidents.