The accident scene
Eight people died on the spot while seven others got seriously injured after a Benz Sprinter Mini Bus carrying 22 passengers from Kumasi to Accra collided with a flat body articulated truck at Boankra, near Kumasi yesterday.
The truck, loaded with floor tiles, was coming from the opposite direction when the accident occurred at about 4.30 am.
The bodies of the deceased, who were all in the sprinter bus, including the driver and his mate, had been conveyed to the Ejisu Government Hospital mortuary pending autopsy.
Seven passengers, who sustained life-threatening injuries, had been admitted at the same hospital.
The Ashanti Regional Commander of the Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Chief Supt Frank Aborakwa, told DAILY GUIDE that the driver of the Sprinter bus with registration number EC 5249-17 attempted to overtake another Sprinter Bus but lost control when it bumped into a speed ramp and collided with the oncoming truck with registration number ER 538 X.
He said the truck driver also lost control and crashed into a nearby house on the outskirts of Boankra.
The Ashanti Regional MMTD Commander, Chief Supt. Frank Abrokwa, said some people at the accident scene helped convey the injured people to the hospital for treatment.
It took rescuers, mainly local community members, more than an hour to get all the passengers out of the mangled bus.
An eyewitness, Abawa Ruth, who described the scene of the accident to DAILY GUIDE, stated that several body parts were strewn on the road immediately after the accident as residents rushed to the scene.
“It was really a mess here with body parts which were picked up one by one by the police,” she said.
“Some of the passengers were thrown out from the bus, while others were trapped with broken limbs and crushed heads.
According to her, some bodies were also taken to the morgue by the police who reportedly arrived at the scene around 5:30 am.
The Ejisu Police said officers were confronted by a scene of “complete carnage” when they arrived at the scene.
Three were died at the spot while five died shortly after being transported to the hospital.
The police corroborated the account of the witnesses, and added that families of some of the victims had been informed accordingly.
From Ernest Kofi Adu & I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr, Kumasi
Most Watched Videos
Most Read News
- Prez Nana Addo Challenges Normalization Committee To Restructure Ghana Football
- Syria Kurds warn US pullout gives IS chance to rebuild
- ‘Retired assistant IGP’ arrested with 11 ATM cards and 10 chequebooks
- Major British airport forced to shut down for more than 12 hours by someone flying drones over the runway
- Boy Steals Show At ‘Akwasidae’
- Manhunt For 6 Highway Robbers
- French police win pay rise after post-Yellow Vest go-slow
- An Introduction And Anatomy Of A False Ebola Article
- Between The Forest And The Sea – Akwasidae Of Asanteman On Our Minds
- I would not have finished secondary school if I worried about haters.
- Madagascar counts votes in tense election run-off
- Agreed Rules, COP24 and Climate Change Protest
- Advice and Wishing His Excellency the President a Merry Christmas
- Real Madrid Want To Offer Mourinho £18m A Year Deal
- GOC Takes Lead In Pre-Olympic Games 2020 Preparations
- Minigolf: Forbes Win Maiden Coca-Cola Clubs League
- U-23 AFCON Qualifier: Kwadwo Owusu Elated To Score Hat-Trick In Ghana’s Win Over Togo
- I didn't paint glossy picture of economy - Akufo-Addo reacts to question
- FIFA Ranking: Ghana end 2018 in 51st position, no. 6 in Africa
- I'm disappointed in Akufo-Addo for insulting think tanks - Franklin Cudjoe
- The murder of 2 Scandinavian backpackers in Morocco has been declared 'an act of terror', and officials are investigating video of an ISIS-style beheading
- Ghanaian government picks a strategy to salvage deposits worth $2 million from vanishing
- Morocco eyes 'terror' link as it makes new arrests in hikers murder
- Travelers had to sleep on floors and grounded planes for hours after rogue drones shut down major London airport just before Christmas
- Belgium end year ranked ahead of world champions France
- Bank of England ends the year by leaving rates unchanged
- Twitter fans call out Sarkodie for 'ignorant' economic tweet
- Oslo property: Nana Addo should respect Ghanaians - Ablakwa
- 10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, FB, TLRY, BUD)
- Pulse, Africa’s new media publisher, makes its websites more accessible to all Africans through technology
- UBS: These 11 stocks are set to rocket higher in 2019
- 'Coal, beer, football': German clubs honour last mine
- Sex tape of married female MP caught in bed with colleague lawmaker leaks (Video)
- Indian farmers get $9bn loan relief ahead of elections
- Drone, guinea fowl comparison unncessary - MFWA to Nana Addo
- Monaco appoint experienced Passi to assist Henry
- Madagascar counts votes in tense election run-off
- The Government of Ghana has refused to remove the ban on illegal mining
- Courteney Cox bumped into Tom Selleck in a New York bar and fans are asking what Chandler would say
- 100 SHSs To Have Farms Next Year Under National Service Scheme
- Dumelo Doesn’t Vote In Ayawaso West Wuogon; He’s Not Our Focus – Dep. NPP Comms. Director
- Solskjaer Is Man U Caretaker Manager