BY KOJO ANSAH
SOME EIGHT persons were yesterday confirmed dead in a gory accident at Mankrong, near Suhum in the Eastern Region.
The accident involved two KIA Grand Bird buses with registration numbers GS 835-16 and GN 6600-17.
According to witnesses, the two buses collided head-on resulting in splitting of the parts of the two vehicles.
The bus with registration number GN 6600-17 was said to be travelling from Kumasi to Accra while the other with registration number GS 835-16 was travelling from Aflao to Kumasi.
The Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident in a statement sighted by the DAILY HERITAGE.
DSP Tetteh said “at about 0430 hours [4:30 a.m.] suspect driver, not yet known, was driving Kia Grand Bird bus with registration number GN 6600-17 with passengers on board it from Kumasi direction towards Accra. On reaching a section of the road at Mankrong, near Suhum, whilst descending a slope, he overtook a leading car without observing traffic from the opposite direction.
“He crashed head -on with another Kia Grand Bird bus with number GS 835-16 driven by a driver not yet known from Aflao towards Kumasi direction with passengers on board . All occupants on both buses were injured and rushed to Suhum Government Hospital for treatment.
“Eight passengers have been confirmed dead. A lot more deaths are expected. Meanwhile, the National Fire Service personnel from Suhum came to assist the police to remove the dead bodies who were trapped in the buses.
“Bodies of the deceased have been deposited at Suhum hospital morgue for identification and preservation. Police patrol teams from Suhum and Koforidua Motor Traffic and Transport Department are at scene of accident controlling traffic. Further development will be communicated in due course, please.”
An official of the rescue team, Mr Joseph Okai Djan, who is the Ayensuano District National Disaster Management Organisation Director, described the accident as very “serious and horrible.”