4 die in accident on Achimota-Ofankor Highway (Updated)

BY: Nana Konadu Agyeman

Four persons died, while others sustained injuries, when the Sprinter bus on which they were travelling from Amasaman to Accra crashed into a concrete pillar of the Tantra Hill Overhead about 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The deceased, including the driver of the bus, were all male adults.

The accident occurred when the bus, which was said to be speeding, burst the left front tyre.

The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Police Hospital in Accra, while the injured, including schoolchildren, were sent to the 37 Military Hospital.


Eyewitnesses claimed the driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered off its lane and crashed into the pillar.

Scene

When the Daily Graphic arrived at the scene of the accident about 6.40 a.m., the mangled bus, with registration number GY 1438-13, remained on the highway, leading to a heavy traffic build up.

At the scene were blood-soaked school bags belonging to schoolchildren who were on the bus.

Policemen from the Tesano Office of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) were at the scene to ensure the free flow of traffic.

Briefing

The Tesano MTTD Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Francis Aboagye, said his men were at the scene moments after the accident to remove the victims from the mangled bus, with the help of some civilians.

He said personnel of the Fire Service were later called, as well as a towing vehicle and an ambulance that rushed the victims to hospital.

According to Mr Aboagye, some onlookers took pictures of the victims, a practice he said was deplorable.

“In the event of an accident, people should refrain from video-taping or taking photos of victims and rather show compassion towards the victims,” he stated.