gas explosion

The Minister was accompanied by District Chief Executives for Sawla/Tuna/Kalba and West Gonja amongst other government functionaries to Tinga, a mining community in the Bole District where the gas explosion occurred.

The explosion occurred last Sunday leading to the demise of six persons and leaving several others injured.

Four of the deceased including a 10-year old boy, were natives of the community while the driver of the vehicle, conveying the cylinders and other construction materials when the explosion occurred, and his mate’s bodies are still in the hospital waiting for autopsy and identification.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr David Dogbatse Azumah, Bole District Police Commander said a vehicle carrying materials identified to be copper pipes, gas cylinders and other containers exploded killing six individuals and injuring several others.

ASP Azumah said the supposed pipes were meant for the construction of the Upper West (WA) Regional Hospital and that the containers were believed to contain oxygen gas and acetylene gas but could not establish the real cause of the explosion.

He said the police are conducting further investigations into the matter and that the National Fire Service had also been called in to help in the investigations.

The Regional Minster urged the police to put in more efforts to find out the cause of the explosion.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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