Two passengers dead and several others wounded in a freak accident on the Kintampo-Tamale road

Accident occurred at about 5 pm on Tuesday at Soronoase after a tractor driver lost control and crashed into a van. Two passengers died on the spot and the injured were rushed to the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman. The Kintampo-Tamale highway is notorious for fatal crashes. It has claimed hundreds of lives and maimed several others over the years.

It connects the South and the North part of the country and also serves at the main route for travellers to Burkina Faso. A dual-carriage upgrade of the major highways connecting Accra to Ghana’s neighbouring countries will cut road carnage by more than half, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department had advised.

In March 2019, about 35 victims of were burnt beyond recognition after a fatal accident at Amoma Nkwanta. The accident claimed 60 lives. In October 2020, a head-on collision between a Yutong bus and a 207 Sprinter minibus, in the early hours of Monday, March 9, 2020, at about 4 am left one person dead and fifteen others with life-threatening injuries.

Road traffic fatalities in 2020 were 2,589 representing a 13% rise compared to the 2,284 registered in 2019. A total of 14, 886 road accidents were reported across the 16 regions, which was 7% higher than the 13, 877 for 2019. Out of this, 25, 152 vehicles were involved, a 10% increase from the 22, 789 in the previous year. Victims who suffered various forms of injuries totalled 15, 517. Pedestrian knockdowns totalled 2,728, with 720 of the incidents resulting in deaths. This was a reduction of 9% from the 2,.283 with 740 deaths received in 2019 . The National Democratic Congress’ Bono East Deputy Regional Youth Organiser, Isaac Kojo Nsiah, died in a pick-truck crash in October 2020. His death came barely two months to the general elections. A police met his untimely death when a DAF cargo truck with registration number 11 JP 9534 fell on him in August 2020. Two women and a pregnant mother died on the Kintampo road when the vehicle they were travelling on crashed into a cargo truck carrying logs.

Kobby Koomson
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