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Kintampo: 30 die, bodies mostly burnt, in fatal accident

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Reports from Kintampo area in the Bono East Region say a fatal accident involving a Granbird Bus and a Sprinter Benz Mini bus on the Kintampo-Tamale Highway has resulted in 30 deaths, with most of them getting burnt to death.

Meanwhile, six passengers survived with varying degrees of injury and are receiving treatment in Hospital.

An eyewitness report says only six people survived the accident which occurred around Dawadawa No2 in the Kintampo Municipality around 3 am Monday, March 9 morning.

The reports say efforts were made by the Ghana National Fire Service to rescue some passengers who were trapped in the wreckage although most of them were dead.

So far, 30 charred bodies have been removed from the wreckage.

Six people survived and five are receiving treatment in hospital, while one is okay and was still at the accident scene late Monday morning helping with the rescue efforts.

According to the Survivor, who gave his name as Nambey, he boarded the bus at a place called Kongo in Upper East although the Granbird bus started its journey from Bawku and was en route to Techiman. The Sprinter Bus, with registration no. AS1801-18, on the other hand was moving from Techiman towards the North, when it collided with the Sprinter Bus.

Both buses caught fire with all the 18 passengers aboard the Sprinter bus believed to have perished in the flames.

The Granbird was loaded with Carrots, Tomatoes and Green Pepper with 12 on board. Six of them survived with Nambey as one of them.

When contacted, Bono Regional Police PRO, Chief Inspector Augustine Oppong confirmed the accident and said initial investigations show a level of careless and inconsiderate driving by the Granbird Driver, who is yet to be identified.

According to the Police, the Driver of the Granbird on reaching the Dawadawa area veered of his lane, into the oncoming lane and collided with the Sprinter Bus.

The Police for now see both drivers as suspects.

Story by: John Sam-Arthur.

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