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Ghana Bus Crash Leaves 34 Dead


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Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:24 GMT

More than 30 people lost their lives in a fatal road crash in central Ghana, officials said early Tuesday, January 14th, according to AFP.

The accident involved two buses from a local transport company, which were travelling in opposite directions when the Takoradi-bound bus tried to overtake another vehicle but ended up colliding with the other bus driving towards Accra. 

In a bid to investigate the course of the crash, a team of personnel from the police has been dispatched from the headquarters to visit the accident scene to assess the situation. 

The crash occurred early Tuesday in the town of Dompoase, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the Ghanaian capital Accra, police and the fire brigade said. 

The accident claimed the lives of thirty-four victims; made up of 20 men, 11 women and three children, one of whom was only a year old. Around 40 survivors are being treated in hospital. 

Fire service spokesman Abdul Hudu Wasiu mentioned, “Several people sustained injuries and have been rushed to the hospital. Twenty-nine died on the spot while five others died at the hospital.” 

The cause of a bus accidents in Ghana is mainly due to human error or bad and often unlit roads and malfunctioning traffic lights. 

In 2019, there were 13,877 road accidents in Ghana, resulting in 2,284 deaths and 14,397 injuries, according to official statistics.