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Over 40 people feared dead in a gory accident on Kintampo-Tamale road


imageOver forty (40) people are feared dead in a fatal accident on the Tamale-Kintampo highway, authorities said. The accident reportedly occurred at 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday evening.

According to officials, the accident  involved a Kumasi-Tamale bound Metro Mass bus and a cargo truck with tomatoes believed to be traveling from Navrongo in the Upper East Region. The cause of the accident has not been established.

Several passengers are said to be still trapped in the mangled bus while those rescued were rushed to the Kintampo hospital. The condition of the driver of the cargo truck driver and his mate are not known, authorities said.

Kintampo district police commander, Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong who confirmed the accident to the media could not readily give the exact number of casualties as he assisted his men in the rescue effort; a combined team of police and military officers is on the scene helping injured passengers, officials said.

The two vehicles, according to an eye witness, collided head-on a few meters  from Kintampo Water falls in the direction of Babatokuma in the Brong Ahafo region.

A driver plying the road, Hussein Mubarak told Zaa News that a metro mass mass bus en route to Walewale in the West Mamprusi district of the northern region developed problems at Offinsu and the Kumasi-Tamale bound bus made a stop and picked some of the passengers.

A few minutes later, the gory accident occurred, Mubarak said. “I am a driver of a goods truck and when we got to the scene, we had to use our vehicles to convey the dead to the Kintampo government hospital,” Mubarak said. “I think no one survived in the metro mass, it is terrible.”

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