The death toll in the gory accident that occurred in-between Kintampo and Babatokuma in the Bono East Region on Sunday night has increased to 23.
While 21 of the victims died on the spot, two others died at the Kintampo Government Hospital where the injured were rushed to for medical attention.
Graphic Online’s Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah reports that the accident involved a Yendi-Kumasi bound Grandbird bus with registration number AS 4635-22 and a truck with registration number GW 1127-P.
A resident of Kintampo who witnessed the accident has told Graphic Online’s Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah that the accident involved a Yendi-Kumasi bound Grandbird bus with registration number AS 4635 – 22 and a truck with registration number GW 1127 – P.
According to the resident, the accident occurred at about 11 pm on Sunday.
The articulated truck veered off its lane into the lane of the bus in an attempt to avoid crashing into another car which was parked on the road, he said.
In the event, the bus crashed into the articulated truck killing the 22 people and injuring many others.
The accident, according the resident occurred at a section of the road between Kintampo and Babatokuma.
The bodies, according to the resident have been deposited at the morgue of the Kintampo Government Hospital while the injured are also receiving treatment at the same hospital.
The drivers of the two vehicles who are said to have survived the accident are currently in police custody.
Compulsory rest stop
Meanwhile the Bono East Regional Minister, Kwasi Adu-Gyan has visited the accident scene to assess the situation.
While commenting on the incident, he expressed concern about the rampant accidents at that stretch of the Kintampo-Tamale highway.
Mr Adu-Gyan said there was the need for the institution of a measure that would compel long distance drivers to undertake a compulsory rest stop at Kintampo to forestall these accidents.
He added that already the Bono East Regional Coordinating Council, the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) and the Ghana Shippers Council were in talks for such a measure.
Mr Adu-Gyan confirmed the deaths of 23 persons so far while 25 who sustained various injuries were receiving treatment at the Kintampo Government Hospital.
He explained that officials of the Ghana Road Transport Union at Kintampo had liaised with their counterparts at Yendi in the Northern Region to inform the relatives of the deceased and the injured.
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