At least 35 persons who were burnt to death on Friday when two high occupancy commercial vehicles crashed head-on near Kintampo in the Bono East Region have been given mass burial.
Official report from the Jema Government Hospital has confirmed that 67 people perished in the gory accident which occurred on the Techiman-Kintampo highway in the early hours of Friday.
Two people of the survivors who sustained degrees of injury died on arrival at the hospital whilst 35 of the deceased were burnt beyond recognition, when one of the buses involved in the accident caught fire due to the impact of the crash.
Dr. Prince Kwabena Tabiri, the Medical Officer in charge of the Hospital told the media on Friday at Jema in the Kintampo South District of the newly-created Bono East Region that the charred bodies have since been deposited at the Hospital’s mortuary, and about 30 of the injured were also on admission, saying, that many of the injured are in critical condition.
At the Techiman Holy Family Hospital Meanwhile, Mr. Christopher Akanbobnaab, the Administrator told reporters that six persons out of 30 injured and on admission at the Hospital were in a critical condition.
He said no death had yet been recorded among the injured on admission but two of those in critical condition were undergoing surgeries.
The accident occurred around 0100 hours when two buses, a Grandbird with registration number GT 5694-18 traveling from Garu to Kumasi and a VIP bus with registration number GT 3916-17, which was travelling from Accra to Bolgatanga collided head-on.
Otecfmghana.com investigations revealed that the accident happened at “Watchman”, a farming settlement along the highway between Tuobodom in the Techiman North District and Jema.
Kintampo South District Chief Executive, Alexander Gyan and his Garu-Tempane colleague, Emmanuel Asore Avoka, met to decide on the mass burial. The two buses were from their jurisdictions.
The bodies of 20 others who also perished in the accident will be given to their families after the necessary identification has been done.
The burial supervised by the police, cheifs, sanitation and other local government officials, was attended by persons whose relatives were involved in the gory accident but could identify their bodies.
District Chief Executive for Garu, Emmanuel Asore who witnessed the mass burial staruday told otecfmghana.com “it’s a dark day for us all,” noting he lost a family member while his presiding member lost five relatives in the accident.
He said the whole of the Upper East region is morning with the families of the deceased, noting a memorial service and a viggil will be organised for the dead.
Mr Asore said “close to 35 of the victims were burnt beyond recognition”.
However, he revealed seven persons who were among those burnt to death have as of Saturday morning been identified by their relatives and have been released the bodies to them for burial.
“We believe it is designed by God so we accept it,” Mr Asore said, adding the latest ghastly accident should be a wake up call to government, the police and the people of Ghanaian to take steps to prevent some of these carnage on our roads.
He underscored the need for vehicles to undergo proper checks before being released to ply on the roads and also asked transport operators to always ensure they have two drivers on a bus for long distances to avoid driver fatigue.
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At least nine people are feared dead with scores injures after a head-on collision on Friday, 22 March 2019 between a Metro Mass Transit bus with registration number AS 2951 – 10, travelling from Accra to Diaso, and a Yutong bus with registration number GN 4368 – 14, travelling in the opposite direction.
Over 70 others are also said to be in critical condition following the gory accident .
The accident involved a Yutong Bus from Takoradi to Accra and Metro Mass Transit Bus from Accra to Diaso colliding with a Cargo truck which was attempting to overtake running into a speed ramp.
The injured have been rushed to the Winneba trauma hospital, Apam Government Hospital and the Mankessim Catholic hospital