Eight people died on the spot, on Saturday afternoon, in a fatal crash at Ewusiejoe in the Ahanta West District, of the Western Region, on the Takoradi-Elubo highway.
The dead including five women and three men have been deposited at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital mortuary, while 21 others who are said to be in critical conditions were receiving treatment at the emergency care unit of the hospital.
The crash, which occurred at about 4pm on Saturday, involved two passenger buses -Toyota bus with the registration number WR 1955-09 and Nissan Urvan bus with the registration number CR894-15.
The combine team from the police, the ambulance services, the Fire Service and safety managers were on hand to attend to the emergency situation.
Confirming the accident to The Ghanaian Times yesterday, the Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit( MTTU), Superintendent Richard Appiah, explained that the clash was caused by an overtaking by the Toyota bus (STANBIC bus) just on the outskirt of Ewusiejoe.
He said, the fatalities could have been avoided if the driver of Stanbic bus had exercised caution.
“It could have been avoided but for the overtaking by STANBIC bus from Takoradi to Agona Nkwanta.”
Superintendent Appiah said that the Toyota bus collided with the Nissan Urvan bus as the driver tried to do an overtaking, adding that the total number of passengers were 29 including the dead.
“We are going to continue with our investigations,” he stated, advising that “drivers need to be extra cautious on the roads.”
The Commander of the MTTU advised drivers to desist from drink-driving to reduce fatalities on the road.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi