Eight mourners were killed and 24 others injured, when two tipper trucks loaded with sand run over them, when the trucks attempted to overtake other vehicles near the Akim Achiase public cemetery in the Eastern Region, on Saturday.
The bodies of the dead, six males and two females, have been deposited at the Oda Government Hospital morgue while the injured persons were sent to the same hospital for treatment.
Confirming the accident to The Ghanaian Times, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yaw Nketia Yeboah, said the event occurred at about 12:30 pm, when the mourners were going to bury a relative.
He explained that a tipper truck with registration number AS 5907-Y loaded with sand moving towards Akim -Oda ran into three vehicles; a truck with registration number GR 6682-12, also loaded with sand, a Hyundai Grace mini bus with registration number GX 3879-13 and an Opel taxi Cab, with the registration number GC 82-12, which was carrying the corps for burial.
ASP Yeboah indicated that the vehicles also run into the mourners, who were on a procession for the burial of the deceased, Adu Forson, killing seven people on the spot and another injured person on admission later.
He said that three females among the injured were referred to the Koforidua Saint Joseph’s Orthopedic Hospital and five males were also transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra for treatment on Sunday morning.
ASP Yeboah said arrangements were being made by the police to tow the accident vehicles to the police station.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae, has directed the Akim Oda Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MMTD) commander to mount a 24-hour police guard on the suspected driver, David Okain, 39, who is also on admission at the Oda Government Hospital, to ensure his safety because some agitated youth allegedly besieged the hospital seeking revenge.
From: David Kodjo, Achiase.