Regional News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Death toll in Winneba road accident now 14

Two victims of last Saturday’s fatal accident at Gomoa Mampong who sustained severe injuries have died.

That brings the death toll to 14.

The deceased, both males, were among five injured persons who were admitted at the Winneba Trauma Specialist Hospital.

There are currently only three survivors on admission at the hospital.

Mr John Paul Akonde, the Winneba Municipal Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), told the Daily Graphic that one injured passenger died on Sunday, while another passed away on Monday.

Meanwhile, the four injured persons who were admitted at the Winneba Government Hospital have been transferred to the Nsawam Government Hospital on the request by their relatives.

According to Mr Akonde, all the dead bodies had been identified by their relatives and the police were awaiting the outcome of an autopsy before releasing them to their relatives for burial.

Twelve passengers on board a 207 Benz Bus, with registration number AS 669 V, died on Saturday morning when their vehicle was involved in an accident.

They were travelling from Nsawam to Mankessim for a funeral when their bus collided with a tipper truck, with registration number GB 2754-12, at Gomoa Mampong.

The driver of the bus, in an attempt to overtake another vehicle, veered into the lane of the truck, resulting in a collision which led to the death of the 12 passengers.

The deceased comprised eight females and four males, including the driver of the 207 Benz bus.

Nine other passengers, made up of five males and four females, sustained serious injuries.