Within the past three weeks, five persons including two children and an elderly woman have been killed on the spot by over-speeding vehicles plying the Accra-Kumasi Highway between Boadi Junction and KNUST Police roundabout. The accidents usually occurred in the evenings when workers and students cross the road to their homes or to board commercial vehicles to their various destinations. There are thousands of students and workers from Technology Senior High School (TECHSEC), St. Louis Senior High School, Mizpa Preparatory School, Ideal College, Wiweso Preparatory School and Christian Advantage College, who throng along the road every morning and evening.
Residents living in the towns along this part of the road including Kentinkrono, Nsenie, Oduom and Aprade have on several occasions made calls for intervention of authorities to save lives but to no avail. The Assemblyman of Kentinkrono, Thomas Acheampong, when contacted confirmed the accidents and blamed them on over-speeding and poor visibility.
According to the concerned Assemblyman, just three days ago, a school boy was killed instantly when he attempted to cross this stretch of the road.
He recounted another incidence involving a woman who was knocked down and killed two weeks ago on her return from an evening Church Service. With the support of the Assemblyman, the woman was admitted at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital but died two days later. The sad aspect of these accidents is that, usually the drivers do not stop after knocking down their victims.
He indicated that due to the lack of street lights and the high speed of vehicles, pedestrians occasionally misjudge approaching vehicles resulting in accidents. He also bemoaned the attitude of some drivers who make U-turn at Silicon Junction on the same stretch of the road. He reported that recently a pick-up loaded with workers crashed at the junction leading to instant death of three passengers and several others sustaining serious injuries.
Responsible authorities including Ghana Highway Authority, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), KNUST and others are hereby called upon to come to the aid of residents, students and workers at Kentinkrono and its environs.
It is expected that installation of street lights and speed rumps on this stretch of the road, as a short term measure, would reduce drastically the rate of road accidents in the area. Furthermore, it is advised that, construction of highways through towns and cities would be coupled to creation of overpasses or underpasses for pedestrians.
Dr. Ir. Peter Twumasi