Black Saturday at Dominase, Sogakope …as 8 perish in accident at Dominase

one of the mangled vehicles..

one of the mangled vehicles..

A total of 13 persons died on Saturday in two different incidents at Gomoa Dominase Junction, on the Accra-Cape Coast highway in the Central Region and Sogakope in the Volta Region.

Eight persons died when their vehicle was involved in a road crash at the Dominase junction while five persons died after eating a banku meal prepared from left-over corn flour from a mill at Akakpokope, near Sogakope.
From Cape Coast, David Yaboi-Tetteh reports that five of the victims died on the spot from the road crash which occurred on Saturday, at around 5.30 p.m, while three died at the Trauma and Specialists Hospital at Winneba, after they had been rushed to the facility yesterday morning.

The bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue, three out of 20 injured are said to be in critical condition.

Eyewitnesses said the Hyundai vehicle with registration number, GX 2894-17 was from Kasoa travelling towards Agona Swedru while the Sprinter bus registration number GS 8702-12 was from the Cape Coast end of the road towards Accra.

They explained that, the Sprinter bus overtook an articulated truck and in the process collided with the Hyundai vehicle which did not see the on-coming vehicle.

One eyewitness said a tipper truck which was in front of the Hyundai vehicle veered off the road to avoid a head-on collision with the Sprinter bus, saying, “Unfortunately the Hyundai vehicle did not see the on-coming vehicle resulting in the collision and its attendant loss of lives”.

Just after the accident, other vehicles including a taxi rammed into each other resulting in vehicular traffic at both ends of the road.

It took a combined team from the National Fire Service, the Police Service and allied agencies to clear the road for the movement of vehicle.

Chief Inspector Emmanuel Konadu of the Dominase Police in an interview with media personnel confirmed the accident and said that the police was currently investigating into circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

The Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan yesterday visited survivors of the accident currently receiving treatment at the hospital at Winneba to check on their health and to wish them speedy recovery.

He commended personnel of the hospital for the swift response they exhibited to stabilise most of the critical cases which were brought to them.

Mr Duncan also visited the scene to have first hand information regarding the accident.
He urged drivers to be cautious on the road and adhere to all road safety regulations in order to preserve lives and property.
Some of the accidents recorded on the nation’s roads, he said, were avoidable only if drivers were conscious of their role in saving lives by being cautious on the road.

From Ho, Alberto Mario Noretti, reports that, five people from Akakpokope, near Sogakope in the Volta Region died after eating banku prepared from left-over corn flour from a mill in the community.
Five others who consumed the meal were in critical condition at the Sogakope District Hospital, at the time of filing this report.
A hospital spokesman, who did not disclose his name, said that the left-over flour was traced to the mill at Akakpokope, near Dabala Junction in the South Tongu District.
He said that a man in the community went to the mill on Saturday to buy some of the left-over flour while the mill operator, after finishing work, also helped himself to a portion of the left-over flour.
Back home, the families of the mill operator and the man who bought the corn flour from him later prepared banku with the flour.
The spokesman said that after they ate the food, members of the two families complained of severe abdominal pains and were rushed to the hospital.
He did not disclose the identities of the deceased but said that they included the buyer of the flour, the wife of the mill operator and three children.
The bodies of the deceased are, in the meantime, at the morgue of the same hospital.
When contacted, Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nana Asomah Hinneh, said that “we have just began investigation into the matter”.


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