Accidents: Drive with care to reduce increasing rate – Akufo-Addo urges

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked all road users especially drivers to exercise caution in order to decrease the rate of accidents in the country.

Mr Akufo-Addo said this while extending his condolence to the families of the brunt accident victims. He also wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Mr Akufo-Addo in a tweet urged all road users, especially drivers, to drive safely always, and help reduce the spate of road accidents in the country.

“I have learnt with considerable sadness of the tragic accident, at Akomadan, that has claimed the lives of some 30 people in the early hours of this morning. I extend my condolences to families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he said.

He added “I continue to urge all road users, especially our drivers, to drive safely always, and help reduce the spate of road accidents in the country.”

Some accident victims have been confirmed burnt beyond recognition while 25 others ran to safety when a Daewoo passenger bus crashed into a Kia Towing truck on the Offinso-Techiman road in the Bono Region.

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The 25 people have been rushed to a nearby health center while the five are being retrieved by personnel from the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana National Fire Service.

The Akomadan District Police Commander, DSP Gyasi Agyeman, who broke the news to 3FM’s Sunrise hosted by Alfred Ocansey on Tuesday, explained that the accident occurred at around 4:30am on Tuesday.

He explained that “a bus loaded with passengers from Nandom to Kumasi with a registration number GT 4215 – 17 crushed into a parked Kia Towing car with registration number GT 6983 – 12”.

DSP Gyasi said “about 25 were able to escape but five of them were trapped and burnt beyond recognition”.

“You could see their bodies in the vehicles. Five are dead beyond recognition. The injured have been rushed to the hospital”.

The Commander said “according to the passengers, some alighted at Techiman, Kintampo and other places, along the road so it was not a fully loaded bus”.

“We can say for a fact because they could see the bodies from the vehicles. At the time the fire service was able to quench the fire, the five people had been burnt. It is a VIP type passenger bus that could take about forty plus passengers”.

He said that “the driver of the towing car was safe. One of those burnt was behind the steering of the bus so we presume that he was the driver”.

DSP Agyeman said “the driver was alleged to be speeding because my men flashed him to stop at the checkpoint but he refused ”.

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“Some of the passengers even said they got angry with him for the reckless driving, so a few meters after our check point, he ran into the truck”.

DSP Agyeman who said he resumed office just yesterday as the District Police Commander said “I just resumed office yesterday as the District Commander and this is my welcome address”.