Three revellers died on the spot and many others were injured when the tipper truck on which they were travelling was involved in an accident at Amanfro near Kasoa on Monday night.
The dead, who are yet to be identified, were in the truck with 50 others from the Kokrobite Beach in the Greater Accra Region. It was heading to Kasoa in the Central Region.
According to eyewitnesses, the tipper truck, with registration number GR 3600 C, was speeding, with the revellers on board jubilating.
They said on reaching the Amanfro Junction, the truck tried to overtake a tanker, in the process of which it hit the pavement, making the driver to lose control of the steering wheel, thereby spilling the revellers on board onto the road.
The truck fell on its side and the three persons — two males and one female — died, while many others sustained injuries.
When the Daily Graphic got to the accident spot at about 9.00 p.m., the dead and the injured had been conveyed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, the Winneba Government Hospital, the Police Hospital, the 37 Military Hospital and the Ridge Hospital.
The Station Officer at the Kasoa Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, Mr Paul Ampadu, who was at the accident scene directing traffic, confirmed the tragedy.
He said some of the injured persons had been treated and discharged.
He appealed to drivers plying the newly-constructed Mallam-Kasoa Road to be extra careful.
Meanwhile, the Mallam-Kasoa Road recorded one of the heaviest traffic in recent times on Monday. It took most vehicles travelling from Accra to Kasoa close to three hours before reaching their destinations.
The situation resulted in most revellers walking from the Kokrobite Beach to their homes.
Story by Emmanuel Bonney