Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

30 July 2014

Rwanda: Kiziguro Road Accident - All Injured Now Stable

The police has confirmed that all those who were critically injured in last week's road accident in Gatsibo that claimed 15 lives, are now in a stable condition. Some remain in Kiziguro and King Faisal hospitals for treatment.

15 people died and 24 people were injured in the accident when a Toyota coaster from Excel transport company collided with a minibus in Kiziguro, on the road between Nyagatare and Kayonza last Tuesday. Half of the injured were judged in serious condition and airlifted to King Faisal Hospital, while another dozen were taken to Kiziguro hospital.

"Some of injured at Kiziguro hospital were discharged after doctors judged their condition was not severe. None of those at King Faissal Hospital have so far been discharged, but all remain in a stable condition, which is good news," said superintendent Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, the spokesman of the traffic and road safety department at the police.

Of the 46 passengers on board of the two busses, only seven people escaped unhurt.

A day after the accident, during a high-level meeting convened to review the causes of road accidents, a task force was established to monitor the situation and come up with appropriate measures.

Among the causes of road accidents highlighted in the meeting were irresponsibility, speeding, using telephones while driving, drunk driving and carelessness.

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