Accident claims five lives at Asante Mampong


Five people died on the spot Monday when a taxi cab in which they were traveling from Asante Mampong to Kumasi was run over by a Kia truck.

Onlookers stand by the mangled taxicab at the accident scene
Onlookers stand by the mangled taxicab at the accident scene

The dead includes the driver of the taxi and four passengers in the taxi. The Kia Truck, used in distributing Sonapak drinking water has the registration number GW 1951-13. The taxicab?s registration number is AS 4788-14.

According to an eyewitness , the affected persons were returning from the town where they sat for their distance education examinations.

The deceased persons were lodging at the St. Monica?s Senior High School at Mampong in the Ashanti Region.

The driver of the Kia truck , which was moving from Jamasi towards Asante Mampong , lost control of the vehicle after his brakes failed and run over the taxi, flattening it in the process.

Police are on the lookout for the truck driver who allegedly absconded after the accident. His mate is however in a critical condition at the Hospital.

The bodies of the deceased have since been deposited at the Mampong Government Hospital morgue.

Ghana?s accident rate sees very little improvement as more lives are lost nearly on daily basis.

Just this past Saturday, seven people were burnt to death on the? Kumbugu-Tamale road in the Northern Region after two Opel Astra vehicles collided head on.

Northern Regional police PRO, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh? who confirmed the accident said the ?impact was very great?.

One of the vehicles run on gas which further worsened the degree of combustion, he explained.

The bodies of the deceased have since been released to their respective families for burial in accordance with the Islamic law.

Five people were also reported to have sustained severe injuries and are currently on admission at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

The police however say it is investigating the case to determine the cause of the accident.

For the first quarter of this year alone, figures from the National Road Safety Commission indicates that some 395 people died in road crashes. 2, 442 persons have also been injured in the crashes involving 4, 335 vehicles.

These figures according to the? National Road Safety Commission, exceed the national fatality target of 341 for the period by almost 16 percent.


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