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At least 12 Dead In Ghastly Sefwi-Bibiani Accident

At least 12 lives have perished, with several others injured in a road accident at Bibiani on the Sefwi-Bekwai highway in the Western North Region.

The accident occurred in the morning on Monday, January 10,  after a Metro Mass Bus crashed with a Sprinter Benz Bus.

An eyewitness, Hamza Mohammed, said the Sprinter Bus with registration number ER 1813-19 was travelling from Sefwi-Wiawso with 62 passengers to Bibiani. The Metro Mass Bus had 23 passengers on board heading from Kumasi to Sefwi-Wiawso.

According to Hamza, the Sprinter Bus attempted an overtaking near the Bibiani College of Health Sciences resulting in the accident.

The injured persons were rushed to the Sefwi-Wiawso Government Hospital and Bibiani Government Hospital for medical attention.

Bodies of the deceased passengers were also deposited at the morgues of the same hospitals.

Bibiani MTTD Divisional Commander, ASP Emmanuel Osei, has confirmed the accident and explained that police were waiting for families to identify the bodies.

Accident trends

A total of 2,924 lives were lost through road carnage in 2021. The figure was a 12.9% increase in deaths compared to the previous year, which recorded 2,589 deaths.

Some 15,680 persons suffered injuries in 2021 from 15,972 accidents. There were 1,106 more accidents and an increase of 163 more injuries compared to 2020.

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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