Accident: 16 perish at Gomoa Okyereko
Accident: 16 perish at Gomoa Okyereko

Accident: Six died in Gomoa Okyereko accident and not 16 [UPDATED]

Six people perished in a ghastly accident at Gomoa Okyereko on the Accra-Cape Coast road on Tuesday dawn [May 30, 2023].

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The accident involved a bus with registration number GT 5866-L and a fuel tanker with registration number WR 2063-10.

Injured

About 20 others who sustained various injuries in the dawn accident [May 30, 2023] are receiving treatment at the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.

Information received by Graphic Online indicates that the passengers on board the bus were traveling from Liberia to the Buduburam camp while the fuel tanker was traveling to Apam.

Both drivers are alive and receiving treatment at the Winneba hospital.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Division Officer I, Abdul Wasiu Hudu indicated that the Winneba Fire Station received a distress call reporting an accident at Gomoa Okyereko at around 5:15 am on Tuesday.

DOI Hudu indicated that the cause of the accident was still being investigated.

The rescue team from GNFS and the Ghana Ambulance Service spent about three hours at the scene rescuing trapped persons which caused a lot of traffic on that stretch of the road.

DOI Hudu appealed to motorists and other road users to be cautious and cooperate. 

National Road Safety Authority clarification on Okyereko accident deaths

Contrary to earlier reports that 16 people died in the accident, the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has clarified that it was six people who died from the accident.

Attached below is a copy of the NRSA press statement on the accident.

SIX (6) DIE ON GOMOA - OKYEREKO ROAD TRAFFIC CRASH

It has come to the notice of the National Road Safety Authority (NRA) the misrepresentation by a section of the Media on the death toll of the road traffic crashes that occurred at Gomoa-Okyereko in the Central Region.

The Authority can confirm that, the total fatalities (death arising from the crash as at close of day yesterday Tuesday 30th May, 2023 was six (6) and not sixteen (16) as presented by a section of the Media.

Preliminary investigation by the Authority shows that the vehicles involved in the crash, an Iveco Trakker Tanker with registration number WR 2063-10 loaded with Premix Fuel from Tema to Apam collided with a Neoplan bus with registration number GR 5866-L loaded with sixty-two (62) passengers on board from Liberia heading towards Buduburam at the early hours of 4:30am on Tuesday March 30", 2023.

Further information gathered so far reveal that forty-eight (48) passengers are currently receiving medical attention at the Trauma Hospital in Winneba and the Winneba Municipal Hospital, whilst eight (8) passengers escaped unhurt.

The Authority wishes to commensurate with families of the departed and victims of the crash and calls on the public, especially drivers, with particular emphasis on the Accra- Kumasi, Accra- Cape-coast roads to obey speed limits and avoid wrongful overtaking and avoid driving tired. It is our expectation that passengers will join the advocacy for to speak up against any conduct of the driver that endanger their lives.

The Authority reiterates its call for the dualization of the major roads and highways in the country, whilst calling on the Media to be circumspect on their reportage of road traffic crashes by checking on the authenticity of the facts and figures from the right source(s) before publication.

Road traffic crashes have no respect for persons. We all remain at risk as long as we overlook the basics of safety practices.

Road Safety is shared and collective responsibility.

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