SEVEN lives were lost and six other persons sustained severe bodily injuries yesterday – the day Ghana celebrated the 57th milestone, her independence.
This was when two cargo trucks collided between the Bereku Forest and Dadieso on the main Kumasi-Accra road.
Eyewitnesses said the accident occurred when one of the trucks veered off its lane into the lane of the other oncoming truck.
The impact of the crash was said to be so severe that it resulted in the immediate deaths of six people, including one of the drivers.
The other driver, one of the injured receiving treatment at the hospital, reportedly gave up the ghost later on.
Speaking with DAILY GUIDE on phone, Chief Superintendent Alex Amenyo, Konongo District Commander, said the accident happened at 1:45 am.
According to him, eyewitnesses said one of the trucks, with registration number GT 451-11, laden with cabbage, was from Kumasi and heading for Accra.
Chief Superintendent Amenyo said the other truck, with registration number GT 5633-N, loaded with provisions, was bound for Kumasi.
Upon reaching a spot between the Bereku Forest and Dadieso, a Yutong bus travelling to Accra wrongfully overtook the Accra-bound truck.
In the course of the overtaking, the driver of the truck was said to have veered off his lane and smashed the vehicle into the oncoming truck.
The police officer said three people in each of the two trucks, including one of the drivers, died instantly.
According to him, people rushed to the scene and conveyed seven people who were seriously injured to the hospital. The other driver died later in the day.