The bodies, including three females whose names were readily not available, have been deposited at the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital, awaiting post-mortem examination.
Eighteen other passengers who sustained various degrees of injuries, are on admission at the same hospital receiving treatment. The driver of the bus, Kwaku Asamoah, suffered some injuries.
The police said, the vehicle was travelling at top speed on a road under construction, and suddenly one of its tyres got burst, compelling the vehicle to veer off the road into a valley.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times, the Wassa Akropong District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police Isaac Kumnipah, said at about 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Asamoah, aged 31, was driving a 207 Mercedes Benz passenger bus, with registration number AS589- 13,with passengers on board from Kumasi to Samreboi.
He said the vehicle, on reaching the Wassa Japa-Adiembra stretch of the Ayanfuri-Wassa Akropong highway, veered off its course and fell into the valley.
Asamoah, according to ASP Kumnipah, was driving at a great speed and as he decided to slam on the brakes, the vehicle tilted to one side and went down the valley.
“The tyre went off the hub at that great speed on that straight stretch of the road,” he said, adding “the vehicle was seriously mangled”.
The District Commander cautioned drivers plying the Ayanfuri-Wassa Akropong highway, to be cautious and obey road regulations.
He advised drivers to reduce the speed to about 50 kilometres per hour when entering or in town.