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General News of Monday, 17 April 2006

Source: Daily Graphic

13 die on Accra-Kumasi highway

A Kumasi bound Mercedes Benz 207 bus slammed head on into a Benz cargo truck at Dadieso in the Asante Akyem South district last Saturday, killing 13 passengers on board.

Eyewitnesses said the 207 bus with registration number GR 2838C was overtaking another vehicle that Holy Saturday when it collided with the truck with registration number GT 2922 C at about 1pm.

Rescuers were said to have had a hectic time using all sorts of implements to cut through the wreckage to remove the injured and the dead.

The police were unable to identify the dead but said they included the driver of the 207 bus.

According to the Kumasi Police, the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the Holy Family hospital.

The injured were also sent to the same hospital where they received treatment. The injured included driver of the cargo truck, who was said to be in a critical condition.

The police said the 207 bus was heading towards Kumasi from Accra while the truck was from the opposite direction.

According to the police, further investigations were being conducted into the accident.

Government urged to set up accident centre along Accra-Kumasi highway Kwabeng (E/R), April 17, GNA - Participants at a People's Assembly held at Kwabeng in the Atiwa district have repeated calls on the Government to establish accident centres along the Accra-Kumasi highway to attend to victims of motor accidents.

The people contended that in view of the heavy human loss being recorded as a result of accidents on the highway, it was incumbent on Government to create accident centres.

It is generally believed that many health facilities along the highway either did not specialize in accident cases or lack facilities to deal with the trauma-related effects associated with motor accidents. According to the people, in addition to the establishment of a health facility, other emergency supporting systems such as fire tenders and ambulances could be supplied to the facilities.

Some of them also called for improvement in the road network, particularly bridges such as the Abomosu bailey bridge that links the district to some vital food producing centres in the Kwaebibirem and New Abirem Districts.

They also called on Government to construct more cocoa sheds in the district, saying the lack of enough sheds was causing problems for the cocoa farmers.

Other concerns expressed were the need for an extension of the Metro Mass Transport buses to rural areas so that rural dwellers could benefit from it.