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SDA Easter accident: Church to hold memorial service, Sunday for deceased families

SDA Easter accident: Church to hold memorial service, Sunday for deceased families
LISTEN APR 5, 2015

The leadership of the Meduma North Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in the Ashanti Region is set to organize a service later this evening to console the families of nine members who died yesterday in a fatal accident.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon on the Tano Odumase stretch of road when the church members were returning home from a church conference.

Eight died on the spot and the nineth person was confirmed dead later Sunday.

Several others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Head Pastor of the SDA Church Pastor Abankwa Amoakohene told Joy News the church elders have been visiting the families of deceased persons to console them.

They have also been visiting the various hospitals to comfort the injured persons and to assure them of the church's support.

Pastor Amoakohene said the memorial service will be organized later Sunday evening.

Saturday's accident involved three vehicles- a sprinter, a Madza vehicle and a taxi- all of which were said to be moving in a convoy.

The vehicles were carrying church members who had closed from the Church conference.

Narrating the circumstances under which the accident occurred, Agona Police Commander ASP Francis Akwasi Asante told Saturday, that at some point of the journey, the taxi attempted to overtake the two vehicles-the sprinter and the Madza- but was faced with the fatal possibility of a head-on collision with an oncoming truck.

The driver of the sprinter vehicle which was leading the convoy, in an attempt to save the situation had to quickly apply his brakes to allow the taxi to maneuver.

The Madza vehicle which was trailing the convoy then bumped into the sprinter and both vehicles veered off the road and fell into a ditch killing eight people on the spot.

It is still not clear if the occupants of the taxi also suffered any casualties.

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