2005-05-30 13:43:03This article has been read 1476 times.
Eleven people died on the spot and 14 others sustained various degrees of injuries when a Tamale bound OA travel and tour bus crashed into a stationary articulated truck.
The incident, which occurred on Sunday, left six men, four women and a baby dead.
The dead have been deposited at the Tamale Teaching hospital mortuary while the injured are responding to treatment at the same hospital.
Hospital authorities say those on admission-suffered injuries ranging from lacerations to fractures.
Two out of the eleven casualties have been buried after identification by their relatives, while four have been treated and discharged.
The incident was preceded by an initial highway robbery attempt on the bus.
Reports say the accident occurred at Porto between Yapei in the Northern region and Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region.
An accident victim, who pleaded anonymity, says they came across a group of armed men robbing passengers of a taxicab, so the driver's mate alerted his boss who then decided to reverse on seeing the robbers.
He said the robbers shot at them but missed; and the driver drove back to a nearby village where the police was called in to intervene.
â€œ So the driver continued to Techiman; and instead of him to take a rest, he refused and said we should go. So from Techiman we spotted an articulator truck parked at the side of the road with no parking lights and triangle. The driver was sleeping and he drove straight into the articulator,â€ he said.
He said one side of the bus was so damaged that it would take the grace of God to save passengers who were sitting on that side of the bus.