From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani & William Nlanjerbor Jalulah, Bolga
Fourteen persons have been confirmed dead in two separate vehicle accidents at Nsuta, near Techiman and Akwatiakrom, both in the Brong Ahafo Region on Monday.
In the Nsuta crash, two persons died on the spot when an Opel Astra cab, with registration number GE392-Z, traveling from Techiman to Sunyani, collided with a Martiz taxi cab with registration number GR3823-11. Nine others sustained various degrees of injuries.
“Upon reaching Fiapokrom near Nsuta, the Astra driver wanted to overtake a motorbike rider who was heading towards Sunyani, but he wasn’t fast enough, as the Martiz driver had also reached there, so both couldn’t control their cars due to speeding in the curve,” an eyewitness narrated to The Chronicle.
Both the driver and a female passenger in the front seat of the Opel Astra cab died on the spot, whilst other passengers on board both cars, including the driver of the Martiz taxi, sustained varying degrees of injury.
The remains of the dead have since been deposited at the Holy Family Hospital, with the injured responding to treatment at the same hospital.
In the second incident, twelve persons died on the Mankranso-Sunyani highway in the early hours of Monday, when a cargo-truck with registration number GR 2624-N collided head-on with a Ford minivan with registration number AS 7257-16, after it veered off the road and ran into the cargo truck.
The accident happened on a section of the road at Akwatiakrom at about 12:15 am on Monday. According to a local reporter in the area, Nana Yaw Dwumfour, the accident happened a few meters away from the scene where songstress Ebony Reigns and two others died in a car crash.
The Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Juliana Obeng, who confirmed the incident to the press, said the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at a morgue at Mankranso, while the only survivor was responding to treatment at the Bechem Government Hospital.
The Mankraso-Sunyani road has recorded a number of accidents, including the recent one involving dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns, who died in a car crash in February this year.
Ebony, whose real name is Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, was returning from Sunyani after visiting her mother who had returned from the UK, when the Jeep she was travelling in crashed into railings on the edge of the road.
These car crashes add to the growing number of accidents this year. The National Road Safety Commission recently revealed that over 300 people lost their lives in road accidents in the first two months of the year.
The Commission also stated that over 2,000 road crashes were recorded in first two months, representing a significant rise from the same period in 2017.
In a related development, William Nlanjerbor Jalulah reports from Bolgatanga that in a space of five days, ten persons have been killed in two separate road accidents on the Bolgatanga-Bawku road in the Upper East Region.
The latest accident occurred on Saturday May 12, killing three persons – two motorbike riders and a pillion rider – on the spot, while leaving others with different levels of injuries.
The accident, which occurred at Tilli in the Bawku West District, involved a Benz bus, a Toyota pick-up and two motorbikes.
According to the account of an eyewitness, the two motorbikes were heading towards Zebilla, with the Benz bus ahead of a Toyota pick-up from the Zebilla side, travelling towards Bolgatanga.
This reporter gathered that the pick-up, with registration number GE-3425-18, ran over the riders of the motorbike (Yamaha DT) that was ahead of it, killing one of them instantly.
In an attempt to avoid hitting the pick-up, the second motorbike (Isuzu) also veered off its lane and collided head on with the Benz bus with registration number NR-1057-P, resulting in the death of both the rider and pillion passenger on the Isuzu.
Meanwhile, one of the riders on the Yamaha DT motorbike survived and is currently receiving treatment at the Zebilla Government Hospital.
The passengers on the pick-up and Benz bus survived, but not without injuries. They were admitted and treated at the Zebilla Government Hospital.
The Member of Parliament for Zebilla, who doubles as Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Fuseini Adongo, visited the accident scene and called on drivers using that stretch of the road to exhibit carefulness, since the road is under construction.
On May 7, 2018, seven passengers travelling on an Urvan bus were killed when it crashed into a stationary vehicle at Yikurugu, in the same district.
After the first accident, the District Chief Executive of Bawku West, Victoria Ayamba, hinted that the assembly will soon collaborate with the police in the area to tow broken down vehicles on the road to the police station and slap charges on their owners before releasing them.