Seventeen people, including 10 children, have been confirmed dead in a fatal accident involving a Sprinter bus and an articulated truck in the Abofuor Forest in the Ashanti region, Myjoyonline.com reports.
The accident occurred at about 3:30 am on Monday when the Man Diesel truck with registration number GS 4339-17 collided head-on with the Kumasi-Daboya bound Mercedes Sprinter bus with registration number GT 6075-15.
The truck, travelling from the Techiman-Kumasi fully loaded with logs, is said to have veered off its lane, colliding head-on with the oncoming bus travelling in the opposite direction.
Ashanti Regional Commander of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Superintendent Emmanuel Adu Boahene, confirmed the accident.
All passengers on board the Sprinter bus, two drivers and their mates were rushed to the St. Patrick’s Hospital at Offinso-Maase, but 17 were pronounced dead on arrival.
Among the dead are seven adults – six females and one man – and 10 children – eight females and two males.
According to Superintendent Adu Boahene, four adults and 12 children, some in critical condition, have been admitted to St. Patrick’s Hospital.
The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the hospital pending autopsy and identification.
He has appealed for public support to help to trace relatives of victims.
Nhyira FM checks revealed that while the mangled Sprinter bus has been towed to the police station; the articulated truck remains at the scene of the accident.