Pregnant woman, police officer, 33 others burnt to death in Kintampo road crash


At least 35 people have been confirmed dead in the Monday road crash in Kintampo.

The crash happened on the Kintampo-Kumasi highway about 430km from the national capital Accra at about 03:00hrs GMT.

Footages obtained by saw emergency services at the scene rescuing passengers still trapped inside the two vehicles.

“Per the briefing I have 35 lives have been lost. 27 burnt beyond recognition. 6 injured and in critical condition. One escaped with a scratch. Our preliminary suspicion is that one of the vehicles had a can loaded with extra fuel. That aggravated the extent of the blaze during the accident,” Bono East Regional Minister Kofi Amoakohene told Accra-based Starr FM.

It is still unclear what caused the accident but reports say one of the buses caught fire after a head-on collision.

“So the victims included a police officer and a pregnant woman, many charred bodies have since been recovered”, reported our Northern Sector Editor Jonathan Ofori.

“What we know per preliminary investigations is that the driver of the bigger bus veered off his lane and collided head on with the smaller one and after the impact the two vehicles caught fire and all the passengers in the smaller bus got burnt beyond recognition,” DSP Francis Adjei Brobey, Kintampo Divisional MTTD boss told the media.

It is expected that the death toll could rise as police are yet to give full details on the incident.

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

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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