Tree crushes GHANASS student to death

A first-year General Arts student of the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASS), Koforidua, died while five others sustained injuries when a tree fell on them.

Edmund Amoako, 16, was confirmed dead upon arrival at the Saint Joseph Orthopaedic Hospital at Koforidua, and the body has since been deposited at the morgue.

The injured persons, Ntiamoah Oliver, Monieson Alfred, Nii Larye Enock, Bernard Sheriff and Amofa Kofi Emmanuel, all second-year students of the school were also rushed to the hospital for treatment. Three of them were treated and discharged.

The Koforidua Effiduase District Police Commander, Daniel Yaro, confirmed the incident and said investigations were ongoing, declining further details.

Information gathered by The Ghanaian Times indicated that the incident occurred at about 9:30 pm when a senior student sent the deceased and the others to buy sachet water and other items, after they had closed from prep.

According to sources, Amoako could not run fast enough, when the tree started falling, crushing him to the ground.

One of the victims who spoke on anonymity said: “My friends and I had gone to buy bread and mushed kenkey, after we had closed from prep, and on our way back, we heard a vibrating sound like an earthquake, so got frightened and decided to run.”

“While we were running, I fell and some of the tree branches hit me on the chest. My friends were also hit.”

From: David Kodjo, Koforidua.

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