17 Killed On Offinso Road

The mangled Sprinter vehicle

SEVENTEEN PRECIOUS lives have been lost, following a gory vehicular accident on the Kumasi to Offinso road in the Ashanti Region.

It happened when an articulator truck veered from its lane and crashed into an oncoming Sprinter bus full of passengers on Monday around 3am.

The impact of the crash was said to be so strong that 17 people, including 14 females and three males, died on the spot.

About 15 others, who were also in the Sprinter bus, registered GT 6075-15, survived and they have been hospitalised.

DSP Edmund Nyamekye, Head of MTTD Offinso, who confirmed the crash, said the driver of the bus was among the deceased people.

According by him, police had information of an accident on the outskirts of Offinso, to be specific, the Abofuor Forest, around 3am.

Police personnel, he said, were quickly dispatched to the scene and they found a mangled Sprinter bus and an articulator truck.

The police capo said the truck, registered GS 4339-17, was from Techiman to Kumasi and the bus was from the opposite direction.

DSP Nyamekye recounted that some of the injured people were trapped in the mangled bus so police and fire service staff rescued them.

According to him, the driver of the truck, who was in critical condition and the other injured people were rushed to the hospital.

DSP Nyamekye said police managed to move the two cars from the scene to the police station in order to ensure free movement of other vehicles.

Meanwhile, investigations into what may have led to the bloody accident is underway, a police source disclosed.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi