16 feared dead in Gomoa Okyereko accident

Story: News Desk

Some 16 people are feared dead in a gory accident at Gomoa Okyereko on the Accra-Cape Coast highway.

This was the result of a head-on collision between a petrol tanker and a bus at about 5:00 am on Tuesday morning.

The bus was traveling from Abidjan to Buduburam while the tanker was filled with petrol, traveling from Accra heading towards Takoradi.

An eyewitness told the Ghana National Fire Service that the Yutong bus driver occasionally veered off his lane all through the trip.

“So he [tanker driver] rather came into the lane of the Yutong because at the time the Yutong driver had also entered his lane,” the Winneba Fire Service Commander DO II Kwesi Hughes said.

The impact was great on the passenger sides of both vehicles, a situation which got “the tanker driver mashed.”

The Fire Service Commander explained that “other passengers on the passenger side of the Yutong were also dismembered, in fact, they were cut into pieces.”

He clarified, “we have been able to rescue the rescuable lives first, which we have done. We have sent them to the trauma and specialist hospital.”

The rest have been sent to a municipal hospital nearby.

As a result, the road has been blocked to traffic as security agencies on-site work around the clock to restore normalcy.

“We have been able to tow the Yutong bus to a place of safety. And currently, we are receiving the lifeless body of the driver’s mate after which we will tow the tanker to a place of safety as well so that we will be able to open the traffic,” he added.

That stretch has been described as a hotspot for road accidents over the years.

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