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03.04.2004 Regional News

Car rams into a funeral cotege, leaving five people dead

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Mampong (Ash), April 3, GNA - Bosofour township, near Asante-Mampong was on Saturday thrown into a state of grief when a vehicle loaded with sachet water ran into a group of mourners at the community's cemetery, killing four on the spot.

A fifth person died while being conveyed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi. Five others who sustained serious injuries and in critical condition were sent to the Mampong district hospital.

In the ensuing confusion, the corpse, which was being conveyed to the cemetery, fell off the coffin to the ground, as pandemonium broke among those carrying it.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency, the Mampong police said the truck, which was heading to Mampong from Kumasi, had faulty brakes.