Survivor of fatal Kintampo accident narrates how it occurred

March 16, 2020 By 0 Comments

Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani

A survivor of the fatal Kintampo-Tamale Highway accident on Monday morning, Yenbone Maambey, has narrated how it occurred. According to Maambey, the Kia Grandbird vehicle was traveling from Bawku to Kumasi, and he joined it at Kongo with his brother in the Upper East Region heading to Techiman.

He recalled that their vehicle veered off its lane and run into the lane of the oncoming Sprinter Benz bus. “We were about 12 passengers on the bus, but six of us escaped the deadly accident, but one of the brothers who is a policeman died,” he said.

The Police Officer, Emmanuel Yen, who hails from the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, served as an Assembly Member for Zua Electoral Area until his recruitment into the security service. He is stationed at Suhum in the Eastern Region and was returning to his duty post from the Upper East Region when the accident occurred. The police officer is survived by two children and a pregnant wife.

The survivor added that three males and three females were among the survivors of the bus that was loaded with green pepper, garden eggs and some carrots. He recalled that he got out before realising that his other brother (the policeman) was trapped in the vehicle and burnt to death together with the 30 others. According to him, an amount of GH¢25,000 he going to use in buying some goods was burnt.

DSP Francis Adjei Brobey, of the Kintampo North Municipal Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD), blamed the accident on careless and inconsiderate driving involving the driver of the Grandbird Kia bus with registration number GT 5059-17.

Speaking to The Chronicle on phone on Tuesday morning, the Director, Regulatory, Inspection and Compliance at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Lawyer Kwame Kodua Atuahene, said the Authority was setting up emergency centers along the major highways, with some of them already completed and fully equipped with medical supplies.

The move is part of measures to minimise deaths during emergency response to road traffic crashes. The facilities are being managed on a 24-hour basis by the Ghana Red Cross Society, with support from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), police and the Ghana National Fire Service.

“The reality of it is that when accidents occur, the emergency team, in an effort to assist crashed victims, handled them poorly, and some suffer death as a result,” he said.

“We have deployed some in areas such as Asuboi, Nstuam, Sampa and across the regions. These areas have been selected on availability of data that we have, and the frequency of incidents on that stretch. In Accra, you will find one right after the toll booth. These have strategically been located,” he said.

According to Lawyer Atuahene, a new law to regulate the transport environment would be promulgated. He further said Parliament had given the NRSA up to August 2020 to fine tune all outstanding issues for an LI on the law.

Lawyer Atuahene said the new law would empower the NRSA to enforce operational permits and sanction transport companies as measures to improve safety on our roads.

KINTAMPO ACCIDENT FILE

22 February 2020: Two women and a pregnant mother died on the Kintampo road when the vehicle they were travelling on crashed into a cargo truck carrying logs.

7 January 2020: Four family members died in an accident involving a Mercedes Benz and a Yutong bus in the Kintampo Municipality. The 65-year-old driver and his newly married wife, son, and brother died instantly.

November 2019: A two-year-old girl and a man, only identified as Michael, have were killed in an accident at Ntankro in the Kintampo South District of the Bono East Region.

Local reports said the accident occurred when a Kia driver carrying tubers of yam veered off its lane in an attempt to escape crashing into a broken-down truck.

The truck, however, collided head-on with a taxi.

13 September 2019: A gory accident on the Techiman-Kintampo highway at Tuobodom in the Bono East Region claimed eight lives.

February 2016: Another gory accident that occurred on the Kintampo-Tamale road claimed over 61 lives

ASP Christopher Tawiah, the then Spokesperson of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command, said the deadly crash occurred when a Metro Mass bus which allegedly in an attempt to overtake another car in a sharp curve, collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes which was traveling down south.

According to ASP Tawiah, initial investigations suggested that the accident was caused by wrongful overtaking in a sharp curve by the MMT bus driver.

That conclusion, he said, stemmed from the account of the survivors.

The then Minister of Transport, Fiifi Kwetey, led by the then Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, visited Kintampo to assess the situation.

The delegation also included Collins Dauda and the then acting Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor.