Accra-Kumasi Highway Claims 14 Lives, Many Injured

14 lives lost at Kyekyewere on the Accra-Kumasi highway. 14 lives lost at Kyekyewere on the Accra-Kumasi highway.

Fourteen persons, yesterday lost their lives in an incident at Kyekyewere on the Accra-Kumasi highway.

There are conflicting reports as to the number of people who got injured. While some report mentioned 50, others have said about 80 people got injured in the accident involving an STC bus, a Yutong bus and a tipper truck, which occurred around 5:30 am, yesterday.

There are also multiple accounts as to what caused the accident.

One eyewitness, a motorbike operator, said the tipper truck veered off its lane, forcing the other vehicles to run into it.

Another account said, a DAF Cargo Truck, believed to be heading towards neighbouring Burkina Faso, burst a tyre; causing the driver to lose control of the steering wheel.

A Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Eastern Regional Police Command, Sergeant Francis Gormado, confirmed the deaths in a radio interview on Accra-based Citi FM.

Sergeant Gormado, added that the injured were at the hospital receiving treatment.

"We received the sad news to the effect that there was an accident on the Kyekyekyere road near Suhum on the Accra-Kumasi road involving an STC bus, a trailer, and another VIP type of bus. Upon receipt of the information, Suhum police immediately went there to clear the road for other road users and also to send the injured to the hospital for treatment."

"As we speak, our men are actually on the ground and I can confirm that 14 people have lost their lives in the accident. This was confirmed by the various health facilities that they were sent. We have just commenced an investigation and we will brief the public."

According to the first eyewitness….."I am an okada rider, so I was coming from Asuboi. All of a sudden, I saw the truck switching lanes coming from the Accra end of the road. So the STC driver saw it, applied the brakes and veered off into a nearby gutter. The Yutong driver behind the STC driver didn't see what was happening on time and crashed into the tipper truck. A lot of the passengers lost their lives."

"We had wanted to help rescue some of the passengers but it was difficult for us. So we quickly called for an ambulance and the police to come in to help. When they came, we were able to rescue some passengers and took them to the hospital. A number of them died on the spot while several others were severely injured."

The STC bus with registration number GE 8131-16 and the bus with registration number GT4997 -20 in their attempt to dodge the DAF Cargo truck crashed.

Personnel from the Ghana Police Service and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) were called to the scene to help control the situation.

Some of the victims involved in the accident have been sent to the Nsawam and Suhum Government Hospitals.

The bodies were seen laying on the ground beside the vehicles, but later conveyed to the morgue.

JoyNews, spoke to a NADMO staff, Kwadwo Mintawho said the team has succeeded in rescuing all passengers who were trapped in the vehicle.

"We got a distress call from an eyewitness, so the NADMO team mobilised with the police and rushed to the scene.

"When we got here, there were about 10 bodies and we couldn't even tell which head belongs to which body.

"The bodies that we counted at the scene were ten, then the NADMO chief had a call from the hospital that one more person had passed on," he said.

"It is fair to say the STC and KIA bus were both fully loaded considering the numbers of passengers," he added.

Meanwhile, in an update on the situation, the Ayensuano District Police Commander, ASP Francis Kwadwo Nartey said the death toll now stands at 14.

According to him, two of the fatalities came from the STC bus while the other 12 were from the KIA bus.