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Akumadan crash: Police to arraign driver on November 5

The driver in the Akumadan car accident that claimed six lives has been arrested by the police and scheduled to be prosecuted on 5 November 2021. 

The driver was on top speed as he approached a police checkpoint in Akumadan, the district capital of the Offinso North in the Ashanti Region, causing the accident.

According to police initial investigations, he could not avoid a head-on collision with a stationary Kia Rhino Truck parked at the police checkpoint due to overspeeding.

The Akumadan District Police Commander, DSP Joseph Gyasi-Agyemang, said the driver is cooperating with investigations.

“My crime officer sent a team to Ahenkro, and they brought him. He has since been detained,” he stated.

DSP Gyasi-Agyemang also said the driver required medical attention hence they are seeking treatment for him.

“He was also complaining of body pains, so I have directed that the investigator should escort him to the hospital for him to be taken care of.”

Background

Six passengers were burnt to death in an accident on the Akumadan road a few hours after 17 lives were lost in a separate crash in the same region on November 2.

The vehicle, with about 36 passengers on board, crashed into an abandoned KIA Rhino truck at a police checkpoint in the Offinso North District.

Several others were left in critical condition and received treatment at the Akumadan Government Hospital.

One of the passengers identified only as Kwasi, who managed to escape from the vehicle before it caught fire, said the driver failed to apply the brakes because he was driving at top speed.

“The impact of the crash was great, so most of us who were sleeping woke up and started calling for help when the fire started from the front,” he narrated.

He said about 10 passengers managed to escape using the glass windows.

Road traffic fatalities seem to be rising, with 1,250 lives lost for the first five months of 2021.

This represents a 26.32% increase over the same period in 2020, with the trend suggesting a record high annual figure by the end of 2021.

Persons who survived the crashes but sustained various injuries for the period were 1, 309, a rise of 26.72%.

This means eight lives perish on the country’s roads daily.

On a yearly basis, data for 2020 showed that 2,589 lives were lost to road crashes across the country despite movement restrictions due to COVID-19.

This figure represents a 13% rise compared to the 2,284 registered in 2019.

Some major accidents in 2021

  • A road crash in February killed 17 passengers and injured 44 others early Wednesday, February 3.

A police statement said the accident occurred when two passenger buses travelling opposite directions collided head-on at a town near Buipe, a community along the Kumasi-Tamale highway.

Sixteen persons died on the spot, while one more died at a hospital where the injured were receiving treatment.

The deceased included 12 males, five females, and one child.

The accident involved two buses with registration numbers GT 3345-16 and AC 1699-20.

They were travelling from Kumasi to Zebila and from Garu to Kumasi, respectively, when they ran into each other.

Three fatalities were recorded in the Central Region and 16 in the Eastern Region on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Joy FM’s Alfred Amoh reported that a truck conveying mourners from Assin Nyankomase to Assin Misrenyame veered off the Assin Nyankomase-Assin Senchiem main road and somersaulted several times.

Three passengers died on the spot, and several others sustained severe injuries, including the driver.

The accident involved two Kia Grandbird buses with registration numbers GT 5629-19 and GE 5510-15, one of which was a VIP bus.

According to reports, the people who died included the driver and mate of the VIP bus.

A total of 13 males and three females lost their lives.

However, one passenger from the Benz was rescued and is currently in critical condition at the LEKMA Hospital.

The driver of the Mercedez Benz vehicle reportedly ignored warning signals of an earlier accident on the road and ran into a 20 footer container that had fallen onto the street.

Police personnel was present at the scene directing traffic. They were supervising the removal of the container from the road when the second accident occurred and resulted in the death of the three persons.

The accident happened on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

They were travelling to Accra from Kumasi on the bus with registration number GW 7444 – 21 when the crash occurred at about 2:30 PM on Sunday, April 12.

According to the police, one of the car tyres burst, causing the driver, 35-year-old Eric Ohemang, to lose control.

Eleven died on the spot, including an eight-year-old girl at Alipe in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

A Toyota minibus with registration number AS 2872-20 veered off its lane and collided head-on with a DAF tipper truck with registration number NR 578 loaded with sand.

There were 18 persons on board travelling from Tamale to Kumasi.

The driver of the minibus was one of the people who died on the spot.

The crash occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at around 7:30 PM.

The accident occurred after a commercial vehicle (trotro) rammed into a faulty trailer parked in the middle of the road at about 4:30 AM on Wednesday, April 14.

According to eyewitnesses, the trailer driver failed to place any sign indicating that his vehicle had broken down.

The trotro driver, on top speed, could not see the stationary truck, which carried a number plate supposedly issued in the Republic of Togo, resulting in the crash.

The driver of the trotro and another occupant are reported dead.

The Ghana police and the Ambulance Service personnel were at the scene to rescue trapped occupants from the vehicle.

Three innocent persons died while three others battled for their lives after being knocked down by a car engaged in a racing competition at the 37 Lorry Station area in Accra. It was a Toyota Camry Salon car with registration number GR- 1708 -21 driving from the direction of the Accra Trade Fair and heading towards the 37 Roundabout, which lost control and crashed.

Together with a Mercedes Benz saloon car, the drivers defied road regulation and engaged in a competition within the high-security military zone where the Burma Camp is also located.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 PM on Wednesday, April 14, the same day two persons lost their lives in an accident at Tesano in Accra, making it 17 deaths within two days.

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