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General News of Sunday, 24 May 2020


Mass burial held for charred bodies of Kintampo accident victims

Kintampo Divisional Police Command supervising the mass burial for the charred bodies Kintampo Divisional Police Command supervising the mass burial for the charred bodies

A mass burial for the charred bodies retrieved from an accident on the Kintampo-Tamale Highway in March has been held.

The burial was supervised by the Kintampo Divisional Police Command and some officials from the Municipal Assembly.

The accident which left many Ghanaians in a state of shock occurred when a Kia Grand Bird bus headed towards Accra veered off its lane and collided with a Tamale-bound Sprinter vehicle.

The impact caused the two vehicles to burst into flames killing 30 passengers, including children.

Both vehicles were charred in the inferno, leaving only a few survivors.

Two months after the incident, the bodies were buried at the Jema Public Cemetary in Kintampo South Municipality on Saturday.

Family members were present to observe the solemn exercise amidst prayers.

James Musah, whose wife was buried told Adom News, he was glad she has finally been laid to rest.

This is not the first time many lives have been lost on that stretch. In February, 2016, 71 persons were killed after a Metro Mass Transit coach reportedly collided head-on with a cargo truck carrying tomatoes near the town of Kintampo.

Regional police chief at the time, Maxwell Atingane told Reuters news agency that many passengers died at the scene.

Current Municipal Chief Executive of Kintampo North, Michael Sarkodie Baffoe expressed worry about the increasing spate of road carnages on that stretch.

“We must probe that,” he said, adding that too many lives have been lost for the situation to remain same.