Two police men and four persons were killed and others injured in a gory accident, when a Ford Bus collided head-on with a motorcycle on the Asikuma-Peki-Kpeve Highway, in the Volta Region,on Sunday.
The policemen have been identified as Constable Richard Dadzie and Corporal Evans Quansah of Peki Police Station and the other four deceased,three males and a female, were yet to be identified.
A Ford Transit bus with registration Number GJ 729-21 with 17 passengers on board, was travelling from Accra to Kpassain Oti Region, and at about 8:15 am, a tyre of the vehicle reportedly burst.
The bus in the process crashed head-on with APSONIC motorcycle that was being ridden by Constable Dadzie with pillion rider Cpl. Quansah both, who were on their way to the police checkpoint at Opokuase, near Asikuma junction.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Volta Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, confirmed the tragedy to the Ghanaian Times yesterday, stating that the policemen and other persons died on the spot.
She said on reaching a section of the road between Asikuma and Peki one of the tyres of the Ford vehicle reportedly burst and the vehicle veered into the opposite lane and crashed with APSONIC motorcycle.
DSP Tenge said the vehicle and the motorcycle somersaulted and landed in the bush,resulting in the death, and injured passengers on board the vehicle, including the driver,who were rushed to the Peki Government Hospital.
Meanwhile, the bodies of those who were in the public transport have been deposited at the same hospital mortuary for identification.
She said the Regional Commander Commissioner of Police(COP) Edward Oduro Kwarteng and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Andrew Boadu Ekumaha visited the scene of the accident and also the injured at Peki-Government Hospital.
The police officers met personnel at the station and encouraged them to uplift their spirit and morale.
They also visited the wife of Corporal Evans Quansah, Charlotte Chamba, and son, at Dodze, in the Volta Region, to formally inform them about the sad news.
Additionally, the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, in a phone conversation consoled the bereaved wife.
A delegation from the Police Administration, led by the Director General, Commissioner of Police (COP) Paul Manly Awini, yesterday visited the Volta Regional Police Command, to sympathise with police personnel at Peki District, and injured persons at the Peki Government Hospital.
He was accompanied by COP Francis Aboagye Nyarko, Director General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and DCOP Habiba Twumasi Sarpong Director General Police Welfare.
Meanwhile, the Police Clinical psychologist has commenced psychological support for the wife of Corporal Quansah.
BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI