Three passengers died on the spot while 10 others sustained injuries when a Nissan Urvan bus which they were travelling on ran into a ditch after somersaulting several times at Toman, near Amasaman on the Accra-Nsawam road, early yesterday.
Police report indicated that the accident occurred around 4:15am when the Urvan bus with registration number ER 2012 U, heading towards Nsawam from Ofankor barrier, reportedly had a burst tyre and landed in the ditch.
Bodies of the deceased, mainly women, had been deposited at the Nsawam Government Hospital morgue while the injured were receiving medical care at the Amasaman Government Hospital, and Nsawam Government Hospital.
However, one of the injured persons, identified as Alex Asiedu, whose condition was critical, was rushed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for intensive care.
Three other passengers went home unhurt.
Superintendent K. Asante, the Amasaman District Police Commander, told DAILY GUIDE that police received distress calls from eyewitnesses immediately the accident occurred.
He said the accident occurred 50 meters to Sapeiman, close to Agya Appiah Company at Toman within the Amasaman municipality.
A team of police investigators, led by Corporal Abraham Inkoom, reported that the Urvan bus, driven by a certain Napoleon Tovor, was from Ofankor heading towards Nsawam.
Upon reaching that portion of the road, according to the driver, one of his back tyres got burst, which made him lose control of the steering wheel.
The vehicle veered off the road, somersaulted several times and landed in a ditch close to the road.
The three died on the spot while 10 sustained various degrees of injury.
Alex Aseidu was initially sent to the Amasaman Hospital but was later referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for better care.
Five of the injured are currently receiving treatment at the Nsawam Government Hospital while four others are on admission at the Amasaman Government Hospital.
The police are looking for the families of the deceased, whose bodies were deposited at the morgue of the Nsawam Government Hospital.
By Linda Tenyah