Seven school children between the ages of 3 and 14 of the Learner’s Bridge Academy in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region have been killed in a gory accident that occurred between Apimanim and Tarkwa on Monday, September 17, 2018.
The accident occurred when they were returning from school.
Confirming the incident to journalists, the Tarkwa Divisional Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Edmond Bosompim, said 6 other children, including a teacher, were in critical condition and had been transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
He explained that “at about 4.30 p.m., one Clement Oduro, aged 44 years, was in charge of a sprinter bus with registration number: GC 2947-09, driving from Dompim to Ahwetieso, a suburb of Tarkwa with pupils and teachers of Leaders Bridge Acadamy School on board.”
“On reaching a section of the road between Dompim and Bonsa and in a curve, he lost control and veered into the opposite lane and collided with a truck with registration number GT 9135-13 belonging to Shalonis Company Limited and driven by Samual Agyei, aged 44.”
He said after the collision, 7 pupils aged between 3 and 14 years were rushed to Tarkwa and Agona Nkwanta Hospitals but they all died on arrival.
Mr Bosompim continued that “their bodies have since been deposited at Effia Nkwanta and Tarkwa Hospital Morgue respectively.”
“Six pupils and a teacher are also in serious condition and have been transported to the 37 Military Hospital and Effia Nkwanta Hospital on ambulances provided by Anglo Gold Iduaprim Tarkwa.”
DSP Edmond Bosompim said the driver of the sprinter bus was currently on admission at the New Tarkwa Government Hospital, while the truck driver, Samual Agyei, is in police custody at Dompim to assist in investigations.
“Other pupils also sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at various hospitals. Further developments will be communicated,” he added.
Meanwhile, the police in the Western Region are considering preferring criminal charges against the proprietor of Learners Bridge Academy for negligence in the fatal accident.
The Western Regional Commander for Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Chief Supt. Richard Appiah, told journalists that preliminary police investigation suggested the school bus with registration number GC2947-09 was overloaded with 43 pupils including their teachers.
Chief Superintendent Richard Appiah said appropriate sanctions would be applied to those who will be found culpable in the cause of the accident including the management of the school for overloading the sprinter bus with 43 school children.
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH