Seventeen people have been confirmed dead in a fatal accident involving a Sprinter bus and an articulated truck in the Abofuor Forest in the Ashanti region.
According to the Offinso Motor Traffic and Transport Department, the accident occurred at about 3:30 am on Monday when a Sprinter bus with registration number GT 6075-15 heading towards the northern part of the country collided head-on with a trailer with registration number GS 4339-17.
The truck, travelling from Techiman to Kumasi, fully loaded with logs, is said to have veered off its lane, colliding head-on with the bus, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
Ashanti Regional Commander of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Superintendent Emmanuel Adu Boahene, confirmed the accident.
The bodies of the dead have since been deposited at the morgue, with the injured receiving treatment in the hospital.
The Offinso MTTD Commander, DSP Edmund Nyamekye, in an interview said, preliminary investigations show that the driver of the trailer may have been dozing off, leading to the collision with the Sprinter bus in the opposite direction.
“There was a head-on collision. Seventeen people are dead, and others are injured, who have all been rushed to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the Sprinter is also dead. He should have stopped somewhere and relax, but he went on to drive, lost control of the vehicle, and run into a ditch.”
Over 1,000 persons are estimated to have lost their lives through road accidents in 2021.
Provisional data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) recently, revealed that the number of commuters killed in road traffic crashes for the first nine months of the year 2021 rose by 16.37% compared to the same period last year.
It increased from 1,827 between January and September 2020 to 2,126 in the first nine months of this year.
The data shows that 1,751 males made up of 193 below the ages of 18 and 1,558 who are 18 years and above were killed.
Similarly, 375 females comprising 100 who are 18 years and below as well as 275 aged 18 years and above also died from crashes.