Autopsy on 13deadbodies affected by the explosion at Appiatse, near Bogoso, on January 20, on the Tarkwa-Wassa Akropong highway, has been completed, the Municipal Chief Executive for Prestea-Huni Valley, Dr Isaac Dasmani, has announced.
In a release dated February 12 and copied to the GhanaianTimes, Dr Dasmani mentioned that the deceased included EkowJackson, 40, Akua Nyame,80, Michael Afriyie, 19, Justice KwesiTakwa, 21, Emmanuel Quainoo, 29, Enock Obeng, 40, Ella Baidoo, 15 months and Isaac Benny, 45.
The rest were Emmanuel Awinguda, 24, Daniel Armah, 35, Martin Quaicoe, 40, Eric Gyimah, 24and Isaac Anane, 35.
DrDasmani, who is the chairman of the Appiatse Disaster Relief Committee, indicated that a Consultant Pathologist at the KomfoAnokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi,Dr. Paul OsseiSampene, completed autopsy on Saturday.
“At 1 pm on February 12, the autopsy was completed on all 13 deceased bodies of the Appiatseexplosion at the VIP Mortuary at Ayensukrom No.1, near Bogoso in the Western Region.
“Already, as scheduled by the Welfare Sub-Committee of the Appiatse Disaster Relief Committee, the deceased persons were identified by their families on February 4,” he added.
DrDasmani said, no other report had been received on any missing bodies, adding that,the committee would meet the deceased families in the coming days to discuss the burial and funeral arrangements.
He again expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
The Ghanaian Times gathered that, at about 1.35pmon Thursday, January 20, Detective Corporal Isaac Kamanim of Firearms Unit/Tarkwa, was escorting explosives from Maxam Company, Tarkwa, in a DAF van with registration number WR 2252-18, driven by Alfred Pappoe to Chirano Gold Mines in the Western North Region.
On reaching a section of the road between Bogoso and Bawdie, a motorcycle rider from the opposite direction ran under the van carrying the explosives.
“The motorcycle caught fire, ignited the van which burst into flames and exploded. The driver sustained a deep cut on the head and was rushed to Government Hospital, Tarkwa. The Police escort escaped unhurt. A number of people including the motorcycle rider are feared dead,” a police report added.
It said, the extensive damage affected a nearby ECG transformer, a number of nearby buildings razed down while a portion of the road was also damaged.
“Some vehicles plying that road were also damaged with passengers and inhabitants sustaining various injuries,” the report added.