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8 Killed In Gory Crash

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8 Killed In Gory Crash


The accident scene

Eight people
died on the spot while seven others got seriously injured after a Benz Sprinter
Mini Bus carrying 22 passengers from Kumasi to Accra collided with a flat body
articulated truck at Boankra, near Kumasi yesterday.

The truck,
loaded with floor tiles, was coming from the opposite direction when the accident
occurred at about 4.30 am.

The bodies
of the deceased, who were all in the sprinter bus, including the driver and his
mate, had been conveyed to the Ejisu Government Hospital mortuary pending autopsy.

Seven
passengers, who sustained life-threatening injuries, had been admitted at the
same hospital.

The Ashanti
Regional Commander of the Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Chief
Supt Frank Aborakwa, told DAILY GUIDE that the driver of the
Sprinter bus with registration number EC 5249-17 attempted to overtake another
Sprinter Bus but lost control when it bumped into a speed ramp and collided
with the oncoming truck with registration number ER 538 X.

He said the
truck driver also lost control and crashed into a nearby house on the outskirts
of Boankra.

The Ashanti
Regional MMTD Commander, Chief Supt. Frank Abrokwa, said some people at the
accident scene helped convey the injured people to the hospital for treatment.

It took
rescuers, mainly local community members, more than an hour to get all the
passengers out of the mangled bus.

An
eyewitness, Abawa Ruth, who described the scene of the accident to DAILY
GUIDE
, stated that several body parts were strewn on the road
immediately after the accident as residents rushed to the scene.

“It was
really a mess here with body parts which were picked up one by one by the
police,” she said.

“Some of
the passengers were thrown out from the bus, while others were trapped with
broken limbs and crushed heads.

According to
her, some bodies were also taken to the morgue by the police who reportedly
arrived at the scene around 5:30 am.

The
Ejisu Police said officers were confronted by a scene of “complete
carnage” when they arrived at the scene.

Three were
died at the spot while five died shortly after being transported to the
hospital.

The police corroborated the account of the witnesses, and added that families of some of the victims had been informed accordingly.

From Ernest Kofi Adu & I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr, Kumasi

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