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Updated: Accra-Kumasi highway accident, death toll now 21
From: Myjoyonline.com/Ghana          Published On: August 15, 2011, 00:48 GMT
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Updated: Accra-Kumasi highway accident, death toll now 21

The mangled body of one of the buses involved in the accident

A fatal accident near Konongo on the Accra-Kumasi highway in the early hours of Thursday has claimed 21 lives.

One remains unconscious and many others are seriously injured.

The Konongo Divisional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, ASP Augustine Mensah confirmed the accident to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah.

He said the accident occurred about 3am Thursday.

According to ASP Augustine Mensah, preliminary investigations revealed that a Grandbird Bus with registration number GT 9144 Z traveling from Kumasi to Accra apparently veered off the road and collided with an executive bus from Accra to Kumasi.

“A lot of people have died; so far we’ve got about 17 people dead at the moment and some are also injured and have been sent to Konongo Odumasi Government Hospital; some have been referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi,” he said. (The death toll has risen since speaking to Joy FM.)

ASP Mensah said the vehicles were so mangled rescue officers were cutting through the wreckages to pull out dead bodies and injured persons.

Luv FM's Kwabena Ampratwum, who went to the accident scene, reported body parts strewn around the accident scene.

He said 15 of those who died on the spot were males with the remaining five being females.

Elton John Brobbey, also with Luv FM, said 12 of the victims were admitted to the Accident and Emergency Centre of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, with one (male) of two who were unconscious also passing away before midday, while two others sustained serious head injuries.

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