Three people in Karengera Sector, Nyamasheke District are said to have been hit by a bridge connecting Miko and Gashashi cells, after it collapsed, seeing one of them killed immediately.
Speaking to Bwiza.com, Juvenal Kinyogote Cyimana, said the bridge may have collapsed following serious damages which it encountered over the last two years.
The administration of the district has immediately decided to build another new tougher bridge given the role the former has had to the residents of Nyamasheke and those from Rusizi District, especially in Bugarama and Muganza Sectors.
The construction activities for the new bridge were edging closer to completion while the older bridge was supposed to be repaired to avoid some accidents due to the collapse
He reported three people among the workers have been hit by this bridge when they were trying to fix the road shoulder which later hit them, killing one identified as Zacharie Niyitegeka, 27, while his fellow J.D Iyakaremye, 18, was injured and was taken to Mwezi Health Center. The lucky one Eugene Ngirimana survived from the incident.
Cyimana said, “The deceased worker’s body was immediately taken to Bushenge Hospital for post-mortem exams before mourning ceremony while the injured one was taken to Mwezi Health center. We are trying to find out if the bridge construction contractor has an insurance for its workers to see whether his family can get something”
While he was saying an accident comes all of a sudden, Cyimana revealed that the construction works of the bridge were postponed immediately to assess whether it could not cause any more danger to the remaining workers.
One of the deceased worker’s family relative told Bwiza.com expressed his sad emotions following the loss of their son, and asked local administration to help them get compensated.
He said, “He was dead young and has been a very big key to the family’s everyday life, we need some help”
Meanwhile, the local administration has cautioned people on being careful about the old bridge and pass across the new one, instead.
The deceased body was mourned last Saturday evening.
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