22 perish, others injured in 3 separate road crashes at weekend

Twenty-two people died and others severely injured in three separate gory accidents in various parts of the country at the weekend.

The GhanaNewsPage.Com reported that last Friday, at Techiman Peposo, on the Sunyani road in the Bono Region, two persons died on the spot when a Toyota Matiz rammed into a group of pedestrians.

 One other person also died at the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman where the injured were rushed for medical treatment.

The deceased were part of a group of about nine persons who were on their way to Mogya Bi Akasa church, in the Sunyani Municipality.

In the second accident, nine people lost their lives after Sprinter bus collided head-on with a DAF truck on Saturday evening at Apedwa section of the Accra-Kumasi Highway in the Eastern region, reports Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu Agyeman, from Koforidua.

Six females, including a six months old baby and three males died on the spot, while several others sustained injuries.

The bodies had been deposited at the morgue of the Suhum and Kibi Government Hospital for preservation, autopsy and identification, and the injured had also been admitted at the Kibi Government Hospital.

Confirming the incident to the Ghanaian Times, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, said accident occurred, when the Benz sprinter was heading towards Accra from Nkawkaw, and the DAF truck was coming from Accra and driven by Yakuba Sonogo, 34.

In the third accident  which occurred on Sunday, Gomoa Mampong, near Okyereko,  on the Kasoa-Winneba junction highway, David O. Yarboi-Tetteh reports that  ten  people died in an accident involving a  33-seater  Yuton  33  bus and a 48- seater Grandbird  bus.

The Yutong bus was coming from Takoradi to Accra while the Grandbird bus was from Accra to Elubo

The dead included the driver of the Kia Grandbird bus who was identified as Samuel Baah, 45.

Twenty- four passengers comprising 13 females and 11 males, who sustained injuries, were receiving treatment at the Truama and Specialist Hospital, at Winneba.    

The driver of the Yutong bus, Isaac Cobbina, 34, reported himself to police after he was treated at the hospital, and currently assisting police in investigation.

The Central Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Oppong said the driver of the Yutong bus on reaching a spot at Gomoa Mampong on the Winneba junction – Kasoa road, overtook a vehicle in front, and in the process collided with the Kia  Grandbird bus travelling from Accra to Elubo. 

The Central Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Abdul Wasiu Hudu, said his outfit requested for Ambulance and Police support upon reaching the scene.

 Meanwhile, DCOP Aboagye Nyarko , Directed General  MTTD, and DCOP  Denise Abade, the Deputy Central Regional Police  Commander, had visited the accident scene at Gomoa Manpong and the injured at the Trauma Hospital, in the company of the Winneba Divisional Command Chief Supt  S. A.  Okanta.

FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, CAPE COAST & AMA TEKYIWAA AMPADU AGYEMAN, KOFORIDUA

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