BY ELIASU TANKO
A NUMBER of people are feared dead, with dozens injured on the Yendi-Tamale road, following a motor crash, according to health officials.
Travellers and other road users were forced to park their vehicles and come out in the drizzling rain to rescue the passengers and transport the injured and casualties to hospital because the police and the Ambulance Service were unavailable to respond to Save Our Soul messages.
The accident occurred at the outskirts of a village called Puriya, near Sang and a few kilometres from Yendi, when two commercial vehicles collided head-on, causing massive night traffic on the busy highway.
Some of the travellers who turned rescuers after bumping into the accident scene included the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, Gunnar Holm and his entourage and the Northern Regional Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress, Alhaji Mohammed Aminu, who provided first aid assistance and handed over their vehicles to transport the victims to the hospital.
A vehicle, with registration number AS 693N, travelling from Tamale to Yendi veered off the road and slammed into a bus with registration number GW2727S, coming from Nakpali to Tamale, according to the occupants of the Tamale-bound bus.
Ameen, the bus driver’s mate, said his master was driving on his lane when the mini-bus ran off into their vehicle, killing his master instantly. He said he was trapped in the bus for minutes until the rescuers separated the vehicles.
It is not clear what caused the crash but reports say there was low visibility on the road due to the rainfall.
Ambulance services are unavailable in more than half of the districts in the region, including Yendi and Mion, the nearest district capital, where the accident happened. The police could not be reached in spite of several efforts by stranded travellers and eye witnesses to get them in.
The Yendi Hospital officials confirmed receiving the victims and said treatment was underway.
A medical staff member said nearly eight people may have died already and that many of the injured may undergo surgeries.
Source: www.dailyheritage.com.gh/Muftaw Mohammed