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23.09.2005 Disaster

Disaster at Agona Duakwa festival

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Agona Duakwa (C/R), Sept 23, GNA - Tragedy hit the Agona Duakwa township in the Central Region, when a minibus ran into a crowd trotting on the Swedru/Akim Oda trunk road as part of the activities marking the week-long Akwambo festival in the early hours of Thursday. Ten people, who sustained various degrees of injuries, have been admitted at the Agona Nsaba Health Centre and the Duakwa Salvation Army Clinic.

The driver of the minibus whose name was only given as Fiifi, Kofi Kuma and Efuah Kweiba, who had compound fractures on the legs and arms, were referred to the Agona Swedru and Breman Asikuma Catholic Hospitals. Eyewitnesses told the GNA that the driver was severely manhandled by an angry mob.

According to them, the mob also damaged the minibus after manhandling the driver, who was also stripped naked in the process. Mr Emmanuel Essel and Mrs Mary Danso, Medical Assistant and Nursing Officer at the Nsaba Health Centre and the Daukwa Salvation Army Clinic respectively said some of the victims would be referred to hospitals should their conditions worsen. Mrs Akua Nyantakyi, a victim who was a passenger on the minibus told curve in the outskirts of Duakwa leading to the accident. The Agona Duakwa police are investigating the accident.

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