There was pandemonium on friday (Today) when at least 60 people were killed in a head-on collision between two buses in Ghana, police said, in the latest ghastly accident.
The unfortunate incidence happened early hours of friday at about 2:00 am (0200 GMT) in the Bono East region, some 430 kilometres (270 miles) by road north of the capital, Accra.
“The vehicles were travelling in separate directions when the collision occurred,”
police commander Joseph Antwi Gyawu said.
“At least 60 people have been confirmed dead and one of the buses caught fire, with the other seriously mangled,” he added.
The buses were fully loaded with passengers, each carrying about 50 passengers at the time of the crash.
One of the buses gutted fire, leaving most people burned to death.
The swift arrival of emergency services at the scene, including firefighters helped savaged the situation,the injured were rushed to nearby clinics for medical attention while the blazing vehicles were put off.
Kwame Arhin, a doctor at the Kintampo Government Hospital, said 28 people were being treated for head injuries and multiple fractures.
“Seven out of the 28 passengers who were rushed here are in critical condition,” he added.
Road safety fears The cause of the crash was yet to be established but local media said a driver of one of the vehicles lost control after falling asleep.
“Some of the survivors are telling us that their driver was feeling sleepy at some point during that time of the night so he was asked to park but he refused,”
Kintampo fire service commander Ankomah Twene told local station TV3. “We believe it contributed to the accident,” he added.
A survivor, Rose Anane, said: “I was fast asleep then I heard a loud bang. We managed to break the glass and it was just a few of us –- about 10 –- who managed to move out.
“In a matter of seconds then the vehicle went on fire with the others still trapped in the car. We watched on as the fire consumed them.
“We’ve been speaking to the local assembly to fix rumble strips on the road but they said this is a highway so it’s not possible,”said local resident Gifty Mintah.
Rumble strips are a noise-making safety feature that alerts drivers when their cars are at the edge of the road.
“But people keep dying and for how long are we going to look on for people to keep dying?” Crashes are common on highways in Ghana because of poor maintenance, disregard of traffic regulations and unroadworthy vehicles.”she reiterated.
The Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) says that an average of six people die on the roads every day,
Ghana is notorious for it poorly maintained road networks,the incident has prompted a renewed call to the authorities concerned.
Similar incidence have occured in this same town of Kintampo in February 2016, 70 people were killed and 13 injured when two buses collided.
In July 2017, players from one of Ghana’s leading football clubs, Asante Kotoko, were victims of a crash in which their team bus rammed into the back of a stationary truck.