21 Perish In Asankare Accident

Twenty-one people died in a head-on collision of three vehicles at Asankare, in the Asante Akyem South District of the Ashanti Region on Sunday.

The dead were 15 males and six females. Fifteen of them died on the spot, while the remaining six passed on at the Juaso and Konongo-Odumase Government Hospitals.

The bodies are being kept in a morgue at Yawkwei, near Juaso.

Two of nine others, including a four-month-old baby, survived the accident, and are in critical conditions at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH),  Kumasi.

The vehicles involved in the accident were a Sprinter, AS6534-14; Toyota Hiace mini-bus, GW 4679-13 and a Toyota Coaster bus, GC 9779-W.

The Second-in-Command of the Ashanti Regional Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Police, DSP Charles Ahiamale, told The Ghanaian Times that there was a head-on collision between the Sprinter which was heading towards Kumasi from Accra and the Toyata Hiace from the opposite direction.

The Sprinter driver was attempting to overtake another vehicle ahead of him and collided with the mini bus.

DSP Ahiamale said the impact was so intense that the Toyota Hiace turned round and the Coaster behind it rammed into it, killing 15 people on the spot.

This resulted in heavy traffic which took the Police and Fire personnel many hours to clear and also remove the mangled vehicles and the bodies from the road.

DSP Ahiamale urged relatives of travellers who were around at that time to assist the police by identifying the bodies.

The terrible accident was the second in the year in the Ashanti Region, with the first on June 16, at Konongo, which claimed six lives.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Asankare

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