Two male passengers died while many sustained injuries in a fatal accident that occurred Monday evening on the Tema to Akosombo Highway.
The accident, which involved a Mercedes Benz Sprinter with registration number GT4087-15, happened at about 6:40 pm at Adelakope community near the Akuse junction stretch of the road.
The Acting Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, Sergeant Francis Gomado, said a preliminary investigation by Police revealed that on February 22, 2021, at about 6:30 pm suspect driver Anku Christian – 34 years – was driving the said commercial bus with passengers on board from Ashaiman to Kpassa.
However, on reaching a section of the road at Adelakope near Akuse Junction, the front tyre of the bus got burst and as a result, the driver lost control of the steering wheel causing the bus to veer off its lane into the bush and crushed into a tree.
Two of the passengers died on the spot while the rest of the passengers, including the driver, sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Akuse Government Hospital for treatment.
The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the same hospital morgue for preservation awaiting identification and autopsy.
Efforts were underway to tow the accident vehicle to the station.
Meanwhile, 60 persons have died in 45 road crashes recorded between January and February 13, 2021, in the Eastern Region.
“From January to 13th February we had 60 people killed in Eastern region and Kibi Division is leading that on Nsawam to Suhum area. In all, we have 45 accidents that were fatal. With that 45 accidents, 60 people were killed. You will be startled to note that commercial vehicles killed 19, private vehicles killed eight, motorcycle/tricycle killed 20, and then the pedestrian knockdowns were 13,” Superintendent Stephen Ahiatafu told Kasapa News.
He said the Police command is going to clamp down on careless and unlicensed drivers in the region to curb the worrying trend.