13 killed in Ghana bus collision

An average of six people reportedly die daily on Ghana’s roads.

At least 13 people were killed in an accident at Anhwiaso in Ghana’s Western North region, the Ghana Police Service confirmed on Monday

The accident involved a Metro Mass bus and a Sprinter bus which had a head-on collision at Anhwiaso on the Kumasi-Sefwi/Wiawso motor road, according to local media.

The Metro mass bus had about 62 passengers moving from Kumasi towards Sefwi Wiawso while the Sprinter was carrying 23 passengers from Sefwi Wiawso towards Kumasi, reports Citi FM.

A Commander with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service ASP Emmanuel Osei said at least 19 other survivors sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving treatment at various hospitals.

Eight males and five females died in the accident. The MTTD Commander says their bodies had been deposited at the morgue awaiting identification and autopsy.

Although the police have commenced investigations into the latest accident, one of the survivors of the crash, Sherrif Sadique, who was in the metro mass bus, told Citi FM that the driver was speeding.

“When we left the station, it looked like the driver was under pressure, and he was speeding. He was speeding to the extent that passengers were complaining to him, but he continued speeding and was even overtaking,” he recounted to Citi News.

Another survivor of the crash, who identified himself as Samuel, also said his driver was speeding.

“The sprinter was overtaking and all we saw was he was in our lane and our driver was not able to swerve,” Samuel said.

Crashes are common on highways in the West African country because of poor maintenance, disregard for traffic regulations, and bad roads.

An average of six people reportedly die daily on Ghana’s roads.

More than 2,000 people were killed in 2021 due to road crashes.


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