THIRTEEN PERSONS died early yesterday after two buses belonging to the VIP Bus Company collided at top speed at Ankaase, near Osino in the Eastern Region.
According to eyewitnesses, the two buses collided head-on at about 1:30am on Friday. The buses, one of which is registered EWIASE-33-O9 was on top speed and travelling from Kumasi to Accra. It attempted overtaking a stationary cargo truck and collided with another VIP bus registered GS 8189-12 and travelling from the opposite direction.
While most of the victims died on the spot, a few died on admission at the hospital. They were rushed to the emergency centres of the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital.
Twenty-three others were admitted at the Enyiresi Government Hospital, six at the Osiem Hospital and others at the St Joseph and Koforidua Central Hospitals.
The deceased have been deposited at the Kyebi Government
Hospital morgue, awaiting autopsy.
Confirming the incident, the Anyinam Police Commander, Superintendent Jefferey Darko, told DAILY GUIDE that 11 persons died on the spot while two other passengers died while being conveyed to the hospital for treatment.
A pregnant woman, who was among the victims onboard, spontaneously delivered and died shortly after.
However, the survived baby has been sent to the hospital while the body of the yet-to-be-identified mother deposited at the morgue of the Kyebi Government Hospital.
DCOP Awuni Angwubutogbe, the Director General of National MTTD, accompanied by Mr David Adontey, Director of the National Road Safety Commission, and the Chief Executive Officer of DVLA, Mr Rudolph Beckle, were at the scene to assess the incident.
DCOP Awuni warned drivers to desist from driving at top speed, adding that vehicle owners must maintain their vehicles before giving them out to drivers.
He also asked passengers to demand careful driving from drivers and to stop them when they are over-speeding.
The team also visited the various hospitals where the victims were admitted. At the time of going to press, 25 victims
had been referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital among others.
Source: Daniel Bampoe, Ankaase – Daily Guide