Another accident has occurred on the Offinso-Techiman highway just a day after seventeen people died in an accident that occurred Monday dawn at Offinso Abofour in the Offinso South District of the Ashanti Region.
This time round, it happened at at Akomadan in the early hours of Tuesday November 2, TV3’s Ashanti Regional correspondent, Ibrahim Abubakar reported.
“A bus loaded with passengers from Techiman heading to Kumasi crashed into a a Kia truck and the bus caught fire,” Ibrahim said.
The Akomadan District Police Commander, DSP Gyasi Agyeman, confirmed the news to 3FM’s Sunrise hosted by Alfred Ocansey on Tuesday and 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 ”.
“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”.
Regarding the Monday accident, sixteen others sustained varying degrees of injuries and were rushed to the St Patrick’s Hospital for treatment.
The accident involved a Sprinter Bus heading towards the Northern part of the country and had on board head porters numbering 31 and a Trailer loaded with logs travelling down south.