Bunso Arboretum closed down after canopy walkway collapse injured 21

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The Bunso Arboretum Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region, has been closed down to the public after its canopy walkway collapsed, injuring 21 holiday revelers.

Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere, ordered the closure for proper safety measures to be put in place by managers of the tourist site, after he visited there on Thursday.

The incident is largely believed to have been caused by lack of proper crowd control.

One of the 21 injured persons who fell off the Bunso Arboretum Canopy Walkway, has been transferred to the Koforidua Government Hospital due to the intensity of her condition.

She was originally admitted together with the injured persons at the Tafo Government Hospital on Wednesday, July 1. The victims are aged between eight and Thirty-Five.

Others had been admitted at the Hawa Memorial Hospital in the Eastern Region. Latest reports reaching TV3 however indicates that the conditions of all the injured persons have stabilized.

They had gone to the arboretum to celebrate the 55th Republic Day anniversary of Ghana.

But luck eluded them as the second bridge of the 320m walkway removed, plunging all ten of them – walking on at the time – into the forest reserve.

The collapsed canopy walkway

The Bunso Arboretum Eco-tourism Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region is managed by the Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI) of the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The canopy walkway was constructed two years ago to attract tourists to the arboretum, which is home to over 110 species of birds, some of which are very rare.

It is modeled along that at the Kakum National Park in the Central Region.

A team of rescuers from the Ghana National Ambulance Service immediately got to the scene on Wednesday to help the victims.Managers of the site say it will take them about a week to fix the dilapidated bridge.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana

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