'Careless' driver in deadly Dompoase accident charged and remanded

The driver who survived the fatal accident that left 34 people dead on at Dompoase in the Central Region has been remanded into police custody. Mark Mireku who was discharged from hospital Thursday was immediately detained by the police. He was subsequently charged for careless and inconsiderate driving, and put before the Cape Coast District Court which remanded him Friday to assist in investigations into the case. Central Region Police Commander, COP Paul Manly Awuni who revealed this said “the Hyundai bus [driver] was treated and discharged yesterday. We immediately picked him up and detained him to assist in our investigations”. He was interacting with the Minister for Roads, Amoako Atta; Central Regional Minister Kwamina Duncan and some government officials who visited the accident scene and the surviving victims at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Friday. The charges, according to COP Awuni, are preliminary. Thirty-four lives were lost when two passenger buses crashed head-on on February 14 night at Dompoase near Cape Coast on the Accra-Takoradi highway. The accident involved a Hyundai bus traveling to Accra from Takoradi and a man diesel bus from Accra to Takoradi. Fifty-seven other passengers sustained various. Thirty of them have been  treated and discharged while 17 are still on admission. Roads and highways minister, Mr Amoako Atta also said the Cape Coast -Takoradi stretch of the highway has been earmarked for dualization to help reduce road carnage. According to him though the process is yet to begin it will soon be executed. Transport Minister, Kweku Asiamah on his part regretted the accident and the lives lost. He cautioned the drivers to be careful when using the road to prevent road accidents. Meanwhile, out of the 34 bodies, 26 have identified and been collected by their families while 3 have also been identified but are yet to collect them from the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital’s morgue for burial. Authorities have appealed to the general public to show up at the hospital to go through the procedure to identify releatives and collect their bodies.

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By Thomas Cann|3news.com|Ghana]]>