Five persons, including the driver of a Toyota Hilux pickup truck, lost their lives last Saturday evening in a head on collision at Adinkra on the Obuasi-Dunkwa-On-Offin road.
Seventeen other passengers, who sustained various degrees of injury, were rushed to hospitals in Obuasi.
The incident, which happened around 7 p.m., occurred when the Toyota Hilux, with registration number GC 9888-20, driving towards Dunkwa, attempted to overtake a leading vehicle and in the process veered off its lane and collided head- on with a Sprinter bus, with registration number AW 6620-13, on its way towards Obuasi, which had passengers on board.
The driver of the pickup, who has been identified as Alhaji Mustapha Iddrissu, 50, died on the spot together with three other passengers on board the bus.
A fifth person later died at the hospital bringing the total number of casualties to five.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transportation Directorate (MTTD) Superintendent of Police, Mr Emmanuel Adu Boahen, who confirmed this to the Daily Graphic, said those who sustained injuries were responding to treatment.
He said the pickup was also carrying three other passengers in addition to the driver.
Supt. Adu-Boahen said the police had not been able to ascertain the identity and whereabouts of the driver of the Benz bus. He added that the identity of the other deceased except for the driver of the pickup, had also not been established.
The mangled vehicles have since been cleared from the road and deposited at the Obuasi District MTTD office to pave way for free flow of traffic.