The nation yesterday woke to the very disturbing news of an accident in which sixty-three people perished.

Twenty-five others survived, including an eight-month old baby girl who had lost the mother.

The gory accident, which occurred at the Kintampo Waterfalls junction at about 8pm on Wednesday, involved a Metro Mass Transit bus and a cargo truck loaded with tomatoes.

As is often the case, the accident was due to human factors.

According to the reports, the bus was not in very good condition to make such a long journey to the Northern Region, and had a problem with the brakes.

The survivors indicate the driver of the bus made a stop at a mechanic’s workshop for the brakes to be checked and then proceeded on the journey, despite protestations from the worried passengers.

Thus, when it met the cargo truck, the brakes failed and it ran head-on into the other vehicle.

Most often, accidents recurring in the country are attributable to varying factors, but when it results from human factors such as reckless driving and non-maintenance of the vehicles, then there is cause for concern.

The situation is even more serious when the vehicles involved belong to state institutions which are expected to know better and do the right thing, by maintaining the vehicles.

It is highly inconceivable that a Metro Mass Transit Company should have faulty buses plying the country’s roads.

The situation is unacceptable, and the Times insists that questions should be asked, and those whose negligence led to this accident should be brought to justice.

It is about time we started holding our officials responsible for their actions.

We even find it hard to comprehend why the bus with a maximum limit of 56 passengers, had about 80 people on board.

The nation owes it to the dead, their families and, indeed, all sane Ghanaians, to institute a probe into the accident.

And while at it, we suggest that the National Road Safety Commission should make its education campaign continuous, and not wait for such disasters to occur before springing into action.


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