14 Perish in Anyinam accident

BY: Naa Lamiley Bentil

All 14 passengers who were travelling on a Benz Sprinter bus from Juaso in the Ashanti Region to Accra died on the spot when their vehicle crashed into a Man Diesel truck at Anyinam in the Eastern Region.

The accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

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A 25-year-old man, identified as James Akwetey, who was driving the Benz Sprinter bus with registration number GN 3699-14 loaded with foodstuffs, was among the 14 who perished in the accident.

According to the Commander of the Eastern Regional Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Cephas Kofie, the deceased included seven women, two men and five children.

The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw.

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According to ACP Kofie, the accident occurred when the driver of the Sprinter bus lost control of his steer.

"On reaching Anyinam, a spot near Wapco Filling Station, Akwetey lost control and veered into the opposite direction and crashed with the Man Diesel," he stated.

ACP Kofie further explained that: "The impact re-directed the truck which again crashed into another vehicle which followed the Sprinter bus.

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The three vehicles involved in the accident - GN 3699-14 driven by the late Akwetey, the ML Benz with registration number GT 546-U driven by 36-year-old Eric Agyei and the Man Diesel with registration number WR 5783-C driven by 35-year-old Adams Issah - are severely damaged.

Two people who were travelling on the truck, according to ACP Kofie, sustained serious injuries and were receiving treatment at the Kibi and Koforidua regional hospitals.