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General News of Monday, 25 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Kintampo accident: Police justify mass burial of 39 burnt bodies

Police in Kintampo have justified a decision by the Kintampo District Hospital to organise a mass burial for victims of the Techiman-Kintampo road accident which claimed over 60 lives last Friday.

The decision which was taken in consultation with the relevant stakeholders saw 39 out of the 67 confirmed dead, buried on Saturday.

Speaking to Citi News, the Kintampo District Police commander DSP Ofori Boateng said, the burial was necessary because the victims were burnt beyond recognition.

It was under the supervision of personnel from the Ghana Police Service, local authorities, religious leaders and traditional rulers at the Jema Cemetry.

Relatives of unidentified persons who were involved in the fatal crash were also present.

According to DSP Boateng, due processes were followed before the victims were buried en bloc.

“The stakeholders of the Kintampo District, together with the Member of Parliament and some family members of those involved in the accident, all agreed that the bodies which were burnt beyond physical recognition were to be buried. It was an agreement amongst the relative, stakeholders and environmental health officers of the districts. Investigations are still open and the police are willing to give more information to families looking for relatives,” he said.

The accident occurred on the Techiman-Kintampo road last Friday where two buses collided with one of them catching fire.

Several of the passengers in the bus were burnt beyond recognition with others in the other bus dying on the spot.

Many others with varying degrees of injury were rushed to nearby hospitals for medical attention.

A second accident also occurred the same day at Ekumfi Dunkwa on the Cape Coast-Accra road.

About 10 people also perished in that accident.