5 die in lorry accident at Juaso

Five people were killed in a motor accident at the outskirts of Juaso, in the Asante Akyem South District of the Ashanti Region, on Sunday.

Three of the dead, were said to be forest guards of the Forestry Commission, stationed at Juaso.
They have been identified as Kennedy Okyere, also known as Kenya, 35, Denis Boamah, 32, and Anim Bonsu Christopher,27, and the other were Thomas Owusu, 19, and Deborah Addai-Poku.

An eyewitness told the Ghanaian Times here that the forest guards died on the spot when a KIA Picanto taxi cab in which they were travelling collided head-on with a State Transport bus.

Driver of the cab, with registration number, AS 6720-17, was said to have attempted to overtake another truck, resulting in the tragedy on the Accra-Kumasi Highway.

According to the eyewitness, personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service cut through the mangled cab to retrieve the bodies.

Passengers on board the STC bus, who was injured, were discharged from the Juaso Government Hospital, the witness indicated.

When the Ghanaian Times visited the scene on Monday, some personal belongings as well as the mangled taxi cab were still at the spot.

Juaso District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Andrews Anyani, confirmed the accident to the Ghanaian Times.

He said: “The taxi cab was travelling from Juaso Junction here, heading towards Asankare, and the STC KIA Grandbird bus was also coming from the direction of Accra when the accident occurred.”

According to DSP Anyani, there was little the bus driver could do to save the situation.

He said: “What we gathered is that the taxi driver had done a wrong overtaking and there was a truck ahead of him, and he did not actually watch well. He veered to the lane of the oncoming STC bus and it was impossible for the bus driver to save the situation.”



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