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Eastern Region: 14 Dead in accident at Kyekyewere

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Fourteen persons have been confirmed dead following an accident on the Kyekyewere stretch of Accra-Kumasi highway on Tuesday. The accident involved an STC bus, a Yutong bus and a tipper truck. The Deputy Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Francis Gormado, confirmed the deaths in an interview on Accra-based radio station, Citi FM.

“We received the sad news to the effect that there was an accident on the Kyekyekyere road near Suhum on the Accra-Kumasi road involving an STC bus, a trailer, and another VIP type of bus. Upon receipt of the information, Suhum police immediately went there to clear the road for other road users and also to send the injured to the hospital for treatment.”

“As we speak, our men are actually on the ground and I can confirm that 14 people have lost their lives in the accident. This was confirmed by the various health facilities that they were sent. We have just commenced an investigation and we will brief the public in due time.”

According to an eyewitness, the tipper truck veered off its lane forcing the other vehicles to run into it.

“I am an okada rider, so I was coming from Esuboi. All of a sudden, I saw the truck switching lanes coming from the Accra end of the road. So the STC driver saw it, applied the brakes and veered off into a nearby gutter. The Yutong driver behind the STC driver didn’t see what was happening on time and crashed into the tipper truck. A lot of the passengers lost their lives.”

“We had wanted to help rescue some of the passengers but it was difficult for us. So we quickly called for an ambulance and the police to come in to help. When they came, we were able to rescue some passengers and took them to the hospital. A number of them died on the spot while several others were severely injured.”

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