The burnt bus with the trapped passengers

A TECHIMAN-bound commercial Ford bus and a Daewoo taxi heading towards Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region yesterday collided, resulting in the death of 16 people including a baby boy on the spot.

All the passengers on the Ford were burnt beyond recognition, except one person who was occupying the front passenger’s seat who managed to escape.

Two other people in the taxi were also burnt, according to an eyewitness.

The Ford passengers were trapped as the door was automatically locked following the head-on collision.

The taxi driver was also trapped by his seat-belt.

The accident occurred around 3pm when the two drivers were travelling on a section of the road which had been engulfed in thick smoke due to bush fires.

According to Kwadwo Nimo, an eyewitness, he had alighted from the Daewoo taxi cab before the accident occurred.

He said soon after getting off at the Kwagyasco farms junction where there was a raging bushfire, he saw the taxi taking off but it soon crashed into the oncoming Ford due to poor visibility in the thickly wafting smoke.

Nimo said following the collision, the taxi veered off the road and fell into the nearby fire and caught fire instantly as it was filled with gas.

Two passengers on board the taxi escaped while one was able to escape from the Ford.  

He stated that by the time the Fire Service vehicle got to the scene, the two vehicles and the 16 people were burnt beyond recognition.

Most of the horrified drivers who arrived at the scene attributed the tragedy to the rampant bushfire in the area.

As at the time of filing this story, the police were collecting the remains of the victims to be deposited at the Sunyani Regional Hospital morgue.

The police personnel on the ground were not ready to talk as they said they needed permission from their superiors.

From Vivianna Mensah, Anyakamaso

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