70 perish as dozing driver crashes bus in Ghana

A driver who was dozing on his bus steering, Friday, caused an accident in which over 70 passengers perished on the spot in Ghana.

Authorities in Ghana have confirmed that over 70 people died in the fatal accident involving two buses on the Jema-Techiman road on the Tamale highway in the Bono East region after a VVIP bus crashed with a Tata bus.

The incident which happened in the wee hours of Friday between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m at Ampomakrom, also had 40 others passengers sustaining various degrees of injury, with some in critical conditions.

According to a Ghana news medium, the accident happened when the buses with registration number GT 3915- 17 VVIP Akai bus loaded from Garu heading towards Kumasi collided with a Grand Bird bus with registration number GT 5694-18 loaded from Accra and heading towards Bolgatanga.
The Tata bus was burnt to ashes, including some passengers and some others could not be indentified as results of the shredded bodies.

“Reports so far gathered indicate that the driver of the VVIP buss loaded from Garu heading towards Kumasi, who has been burnt to death was dozing, however, some of the passengers alerted him to park off and rest for a while but he declined, leading to the cause of the accident,” he said.

“The police and Fire Service personnel were at the scene of the accident to control traffic,” he added.
Others in critical conditions have been transported to Jema, Kintampo and Techiman hospitals for emergency treatments.

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