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14.11.2008 General News

Thirty-one perish in road accident

Thirty-one perish in road accident

Thirty-one people died on the spot while twenty-nine others sustained serious injuries when two 207 Benz buses collided head-on at Anyinamso Number Two, near Mpasatia in the Atwima-Mponua District of Ashanti on Thursday morning.

The injured who are in critical conditions, had been admitted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, while the dead are also at the mortuary of the same hospital.

Both the dead and the injured are yet to be identified at the time of filing this report.

However, the drivers of the two vehicles escaped death. One of them, Ebenezer Adu Atta was injured and receiving treatment at Nkawie government hospital, while the other whose name was not immediately known, is said to be on the run.

An eyewitness told the Ghana News Agency at Anyinamso that, the accident occurred at about 7 am when the drivers of the two vehicles which were travelling in opposite directions on the Kumasi-Bibiani road crashed head-on near a stationary articulated truck, which had been parked on one side of the lanes.

He said instead of one driver giving way to allow the other to pass, they failed and in the process the vehicles, which were both on top speed crashed head-on.

The Nkawie police confirmed the accident and the deaths but said they were still investigating to know the actual cause of the accident.

Meanwhile, Mr Thomas Ofori Donkor, Atwima-Nwabiagya District Chief Executive had visited the accident scene and expressed shock at the occurrence.

He appealed to drivers to exercise restraint and take utmost caution while on the road.

Mr. Donkor also consoled the families of the dead persons and wished the injured speedy recovery.