Those killed included a toddler. Many other passengers on board the bus suffered deep cuts and broken bones and have been sent to the Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa for treatment.
The commercial bus with registration number GT 5693 – 15 was heading to Wa, the Upper West Regional capital. The driver is said to have lost control of the steering wheel as it veered off the road, somersaulted and landed in a ditch.
The bodies of the dead are yet to be identified and had been deposited at the Wa Municipal Hospital’s morgue.
The Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district police command has confirmed the accident and said, the police had begun investigations to establish what caused the accident.
Road crash fatalities have become a huge bother and these crashes are often caused by human error - fatigue driving, drunk driving, disregard for road traffic regulations, speeding, wrongful overtaking and overloading.
The bad nature of the road network is another contributing factor.
A gory accident that happened on the Offinso-Abofour stretch of the Kumasi-Tamale road recently, killed 17 people and left 16 others hurt.
The crash site was a scene of horror with mangled bodies and twisted metal. That accident involved a Mercedes Splinter bus and an articulated truck.
These road crashes bring to the fore the need for more decisive action to keep the country’s roads safe.
The Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, has announced plans to build all trunk roads in the country into dual-carriageways by the year 2024.
He said while this was not going to totally end road crashes, fatal head-on collision of vehicles would be avoided. Within the first 10 months of this year – January to October 2021, a total of 2,380 people had perished through road accidents.
The police motor traffic and transport department (MTTD) says the figure is an increase of 14.48 percent over the that of the previous year.
The Road Safety Authority together with the police motor traffic and transport department and the driver and vehicle licensing authority (DVLA) have intensified road safety education and enforcement of the road traffic regulations to help bring down the fatalities.
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