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54 Perish in Road Accident

2009-02-16 20:28:11
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bout 38 people including women and children have perished in a fatal accident at Kadia, in the Savelugu-Nanton District (61 kilometers north of Tamale) on the Tamale-Bolgatanga road.

Most of the victims had their skulls broken, while others had disfigured faces and mutilated bodies. The accident was so horrendous that one could easily describe those with broken legs and arms as having minor injuries. Fear and grief was visible on the faces of drivers and their passengers plying the same road, as they sympathized with the victims.

The accident, which involved four vehicles, occurred around 3am yesterday. Over 56 other people sustained several degrees of injuries.

The vehicles involved in the gory accident included an articulator truck with registration number NR 1096 S, a 33 seater Benz Bus with registration number NR 3283 Q, a 56 DAF Bus and a Blue Bird Bus with registration numbers GR 5054 J and GW 991 S respectively.

The Articulator truck was fully loaded with bags of onion and the Benz Bus which was carrying 34 passengers, including the driver, were mangled into several pieces far beyond repairs. The accident is described as the worst ever recorded on the Tamale-Bolgatanga trunk road.

The accident caused a serious road jam, as over 36 different vehicles were seen packed along the road when The Chronicle got to the scene around 8:30 am. According to eyewitness accounts, even though the incident occurred around 3:00 am, it took the security rescue team over six hours to extricate the dead and the injured passengers from the various vehicles.

The Military/Police Highway Patrol Team was the first to appear at the scene and quickly called for reinforcements from Police, Military, National Fire Service, the Ghana National Ambulance Services and Zoomlion, which reportedly succeeded in clearing the road. The local inhabitants also exhibited high communal spirit by offering their maximum support to the victims.

The paper gathered that the Benz Bus, which was moving at top speed, overtook the two 56 seater buses and suddenly collided with the Articulator Truck, which was also speeding.

The articulator truck completely ran over the Benz Bus and dragged it about 200 meters, killing all the passengers on board. The two other 56 seater buses, in trying to avoid running into trouble, veered into big gutters at the opposite sides of the road.

The Driver of the Blue Bird vehicle, Mustapha Musah survived with all his passengers on board, but the driver of the DAF bus, with registration number GR 5054 J allegedly vanished into thin air, leaving the seriously injured passengers behind.

The eyewitnesses, commended the military/police patrol team and other security agencies that helped to rescue the victims.

Meanwhile, officials at the Tamale Teaching Hospital confirmed the accident to The Chronicle when we visited the facility. There was another fatal accident on the same Sunday February 15, 2009, on the Kintampo-Kumasi road, which saw over 20 passengers dead. At the time of going to press there were reports that 16 people perished on a similar accident on the Tema-Akosombo road. Two 207 benz buses were involved in this accident.


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