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13 perish in a gory road crash

The carnage on the country’s roads is assuming alarming levels as 13 passengers perish on the Konongo-Nobewam stretch of the Kumasi-Accra Highway. 

Many others suffered deep cuts and broken bones.

The freak accident involved three vehicles - a commercial bus, DAF truck and a Man-Diesel truck.

All the dead were travelling on the bus that was heading to Wa from Accra.

The injured have been sent to the Konongo Government Hospital for treatment.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Stephen Yeboah, the Konongo Divisional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), nine of those killed were males and the remaining four, females.

The DAF truck driver is believed to have caused the accident.

He reportedly hit the rear of the Man-Diesel truck that was ahead of him whilst negotiating a sharp curve at Ohene-Nkwanta, an accident black spot.

The truck was said to have veered off into the opposite lane under the impact, crashing in the process into the oncoming commercial bus.

Road accidents are commonplace in the country and most of them result from human error.

The crashes are putting immense pressure on the emergency care service.

A staggering 40 percent of trauma cases seen at the accident and emergency centre has to do with road traffic accidents.

There are increasing calls to the government to take tough measures to make the roads safe for everybody.

Discipline would have to be enforced to restore some sanity.

The bad nature of the road network also required to be fixed.

The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) is calling for investigations into the spate of road crashes on the Konongo-Kumasi stretch of the main Kumasi-Accra road.

Ashanti Regional Director of the authority, Simbiat Wiredu, says the upsurge in fatalities on the stretch calls for immediate attention.

Meanwhile, the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department says four fatal accidents have been recorded at the spot this year alone.

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