At least six people have been killed and scores injured when a passenger bus and a truck collided at Nkenkensu on the Kumasi-Techiman highway.
Emergency services showed up at the scene shortly after the accident was reported at about 6:30 am Wednesday.
The incident created a gridlock on the transatlantic road for hours as the emergency crew conveyed the injured to the hospital. Officials say the accident involved a Wa-bound VIP bus with registration number AP 1986-22 and a trailer truck with registration number BF 2315 F1 03 loaded with cereals coming towards Kumasi.
The deceased include two females and four males. An officer with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the Offinso North Municipality, Mammoah Elijah provided some additional information to Accra-based Asaase Radio fears the death toll could rise.
“Those who survived with various degrees of injury are receiving treatment at the Nkenkensu Government Hospital. The deceased include both drivers of the vehicles. Earlier there was a massive gridlock on that stretch, so we had to ensure the road was cleared. For now, the police will have to advance their investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident”, the NADMO Coordinator added.
But a surviving victim has been detailing how their driver’s wrongful overtaking led to the crush.
“The driver made a wrongful overtaking but lost control while moving to his lane. He was at top speed, so there was no way he could have returned to his lane, resulting in the sudden collision”, the victim said.
Crashes are common on Ghana’s highways because of poor maintenance, disregard for traffic regulations, and bad roads. An average of six people reportedly die daily due to road accidents.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH