Rwanda National Police say they have not yet established  the cause of the Karongi accident which claimed 11 lives on Tuesday morning.

The accident that occurred along the Karongi-Rusizi highway involving a passenger service omnibus had left 17 people injured, who were initially taken to Kibuye Hospital.

SSP Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, the spokesperson for traffic and road safety department at Rwanda National Police, told TNT that the cause of the deadly accident had not yet been established.

He, however, said that they were looking at fatigue on the part of the driver as probable cause of the accident.

Ndushabandi reasoned that given that the vehicle had left Kigali and was already in Karongi by 7a.m, it was an indication that the driver might have woken up very early in the morning.

The journey between Kigali and Karongi is about two and half hours.

He said that the company’s owners maintain their car had no technical issues and that it had speed governor.

“Having a speed governor is not enough. Depending on the nature of the road, a driver might be required to cruise at 20, 30 or 40 kilometres per hour to avoid possible accident,” he said.

However, Ndushabandi said they will still look into all possible causes during the course of their investigation.

 

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