Careless, inconsiderate driving caused Kintampo crash – Police report

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The gory accident on Monday, March 9, that claimed the lives of more than 30 people on the Kintampo-Tamale Highway has been attributed to careless and inconsiderate driving.

The nation expressed shock following the incident which claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and a police officer.

There have been conflicting reports about the total number deaths recorded though media reports had pegged the number to 35.

Six others, authorities say, have since been treated and discharged by medics at the Jema and Kintampo Government Hospitals.

The Ghana Police Service has however been detailing the circumstances that led to the gory crash.

In an incident report sighted by, the police said the driver of the Grandbird bus, loaded with vegetables, which was travelling from Bawku to Kumasi with twelve other occupants onboard may have caused the crash.

“On reaching Dawadawa No 2, on the main Kintampo-Tamale road, he veered off from his lane and collided with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter Bus with registration number AS 1801-18 loaded with passengers from Kumasi towards Tamale driven by suspect driver yet to be identified”, the report said.

According to the police, both vehicle caught fire and “all the passengers in the M/Benz burnt beyond recognition”.

Police also confirmed that six other persons died in the Grandbird bus including a police officer stationed at Suhum in the Eastern Region.

Bodies of the deceased, according to the report, have been deposited at the Kintampo Government Hospital for autopsy.

Road accidents are common in Ghana. An average of six people doe everyday on Ghana’s roads.

On the Kintampo-Tamale Highway for instance, over 150 lives have been lost between 2016 to date.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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