Modern Coast Bus company is hitting headlines yet again after one of their buses got involved in an accident in Uganda that has claimed the lives of six people and several injured.
Details indicate that the two buses collided in Rukiga District near Satellite Hotel, 2kms from Muhanga Trading centre along the Ntungamo-Kabale Highway in western Uganda, with authorities blaming bad weather.
The accident occurred at Hakabira on top of Rwahi hill in Rwahi town council, Ntumgamo District.
Witnesses said that the driver of Rwandan-registered Volcano bus changed lanes and crashed into the Kenyan registered Oxygen bus popularly known as Modern Coast bus
Kigezi regional police commander SSP Ibrahim Saiga said the morning fog could have impaired the drivers’ visibility, leading to the accident.
Mr Saiga said those who were seriously injured in the accident were taken to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital while others were taken to various health units in Rukiga and Ntungamo districts.
“Our officers are still compiling the details of both the dead and the injured. Among the dead are both the drivers of the ill-fated vehicles. We shall share details with you later,” he added.
In a statement dated Friday December 30, Modern Coast Express Limited blamed the driver of Rwandan Volcanic Bus of recklessly changing lanes and finally crashing into Modern Coast registered Oxygen.
“…reckless driving by volcano bus driver who left his side and was driving from the right. Our driver tried to dogde the volcano bus in vain thus the collusion” said part of the statement.
Modern Coast Bus
Wave of misfortune a dark cloud seems to be hovering over the fortunes of the one-time revered transporter as their struggles to reclaim a footing on the industry keep hitting snags.
In June this year, the company found itself grappling with an image crisis after one of their buses plummeted into the Nithi River killing over 30 people. Their license was suspended, but the company recently started making a comeback rebranded as Fly MCEL Oxygen.