Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Kivumu Junction on the Kigali-Butare Highway

On July 25th, a Kigali-bound truck loaded with 14 tonnes of sand overturned just west of the Kivumu junction leaving its two occupants with serious injuries. The junction lies at the bottom of a long steep grade of about 4 kilometers in length. Just past the junction are a couple sharp turns. This area has been the scene of many past accidents but this last week had been exceptionally bad.
A few meters away a Kenyan national died on July 21st after he lost control and the transport truck he was driving veered off the road before it overturned. On the same day a few kilometers to the west another accident, involving a bus and three people riding on a bicycle left the three with serious injuries.
On Sunday (July 24th) morning, a truck loaded with charcoal lost control and rammed into an abandoned church building about 400 meters past the junction. The church was abandoned for the past three years due to one too many similar accidents.

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