Savelugu crash: 3 more perish sending death toll to 13


Three more deaths have been recorded in an accident which occurred in the Northern Ghana town of Savelugu, officials say.

The three were part of some 23 victims who were receiving treatment at a hospital in the Northern Region capital, Tamale, according to the Ghana Police Service.

“We have three more deaths so far”, a police spokesperson for the Northern Region police, Superintendent Bernard Baba Ananga said. “We have four at Savelugu and six at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.”

The incident happened on Sunday at Zugu, a community within Savelugu, about 663 km from the capital Accra.

A KIA Rhino truck carrying the victims, in an attempt to avoid hitting a cyclist, lost control and somersaulted, killing at least 10 people on the spot.

“At about 1 pm there was an accident around Zugu, on the Savelugu main road, where the driver was trying to negotiate a curve,” Superintendent Ananga told Asaase Radio.

“About six people died on the spot. Later on four people died at the Savelugu Hospital. Others were sent to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for further medical attention,” Superintendent Ananga said.

“The information we gathered was that the truck driver was carrying about 33 mourners returning from a funeral and got involved in that fatal accident.”

The lorry, a Kia Rhino vehicle, has since been towed to the local police station for further investigations.


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