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Two horrific accidents claim 24 lives in two days

BY: Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Two horrific accidents claim 24 lives in two days
Two horrific accidents claim 24 lives in two days

Two horrific accidents in the Eastern and the Central regions have claimed the lives of 24 people in two days.

So far, 17 deaths have been recorded in the first of the accidents which occurred at Kyekyewere in the Eastern Region on the Accra-Kumasi highway last Tuesday, September 15.

In the second accident, which happened at Gomoa Adam, near Gomoa Antseadze on the Kasoa-Cape Coast highway in the Central Region, yesterday, six people lost their lives.

Meanwhile, latest information reaching the Daily Graphic indicate that one more person, a male, involved in the second accident had also died of his injuries bringing the total number of deaths to 7.

Head-on collision

The Gomoa Adam tragedy involved two vehicles that ran into each other at dawn.

Seven others who sustained varying degrees of injury in the accident were sent to the Apam Catholic Hospital for treatment.

The accident involved a Ford Transit bus, with registration number GS 6031-20 and which was travelling from Takoradi towards Kasoa, and a Toyota Hiace, with registration number GR 5059-20, travelling from Kasoa to Cape Coast.

Wrongful overtaking

Confirming the accident to the Daily Graphic, the Apam District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Moses Osakonor, said when he reached the Gomoa Adam stretch of the road, the driver of the Ford bus did wrongful overtaking which resulted in the collision.

He said both vehicles veered off their lanes and landed in the bush.

Furthermore, he said, 18 people, including the drivers of both vehicles, sustained varying degrees of injury and were receiving treatment at the Apam Catholic Hospital, while the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the same facility, pending further action.

According to the Medical Superintendent at the hospital, Dr Paul Acha, seven passengers who were in critical condition had been stabilised but they would be referred to a larger medical facility to receive further treatment.

Survivor

A survivor on board the Toyota Hiace, Issah Abubakar, explained that the Ford bus wrongfully overtook a tanker and came crashing into their bus, which was travelling in the opposite direction.