9 killed in fatal accident on Accra-Kumasi highway

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When two 2M Express Company Limited Toyota Hiace buses collided head-on at Birimso, close to the Bunso section of the Accra to Kumasi route, nine passengers perished instantaneously.

There are 19 additional people who have been hospitalized with critical injuries.

On March 25, 2023, about 4:30 am, a deadly accident took place.

GN 3229-21 and GN 8292-20, two buses with a combined 28 passengers on board, were reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed.

It is thought that at the Birimso portion of the highway, where a trailer truck hauling a container had been engaged in an accident with the container on the shoulders of the road, the bus from Accra abruptly veered over to the lane of the oncoming bus from Kumasi, crashing head-on.

Vehicles and surrounding people flocked to the scene to help with the rescue operation.

A motorist who arrived at the site, Kwame Dan, expressed concern about the excessive speed of 2M Express Buses on the highway.

ADO II Samuel Doe, the Bunso Station Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, claims that they sent a rescue crew to the crash site right away after receiving a distress call about it at 4:30 in the morning.

He claimed that after being freed from the vehicle, the trapped victims were taken to the hospitals in Kyebi and Osiem, respectively, Kibi Government Hospital and Hawa Memorial Saviour Hospital.

9 passengers perished immediately, according to ADO II, while other casualties suffered critical injuries.

The impact of the collision, according to him, was so terrible that one of the vehicles was reduced to the size of a taxicab.

He denied suggestions that the Toyota Hiace bus from Kumasi may have veered and collided with the falling cargo.

“There was a collision with the trailer carrying a container, however upon closer inspection, you can tell that the container is not in the middle of the road. Some claimed that the vehicle from Kumasi swerved the container, however upon closer inspection of the incident, it was clear that the vehicle from Kumasi was traveling in its proper lane while the vehicle from Accra had veered into the Kumasi lane. I will state that the accident was not brought on by the trailer based on my observations.

The most recent tragedy raises to 18 the total number of fatalities on the roads reported in the area in a 24-hour period over the weekend.

Eight (8) passengers on board a commercial Hyundai vehicle with the license plate GB 4644 – 20 traveling from Juapong to Accra perished when the driver failed to wait for the truck to pass at a short stretch of road where Granbird Bus had stopped. The truck had the registration GT 6473-21.

Grace Adu, 60, was struck and killed by a Toyota Corolla with the license plate GE 4157-23 that same day in the afternoon at Nyamebekyere on the Koforidua to Adukrom road. The driver of the Toyota was an engineer for the Electricity Company of Ghana.


Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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