The United Sates Embassy in Ghana has expressed its condolences to families of the victims of last Wednesday’s fatal accident in Kintampo.
Over 60 lives were lost while several others suffered severe injuries when a Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus collided with a tomato truck on the Kintampo-Tamale stretch.
In a brief statement, the US Embassy said: “The Embassy of the United States of America offers heartfelt condolences in the wake of the deadly accident on the Kintampo-Tamale highway.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families who have lost loved ones.”
Bad road or careless driving?
Various theories have been propounded as having caused the accident, with bad roads and recklessness on the part of the driver of the MMT bus being the most popular.
Initial investigations into the accident by the Brong Ahafo Regional Police revealed that the driver of the bus had attempted to overtake at a sharp curve.
So far, 48 victims of the 61 dead persons, have been identified by their family members at the Kintampo mortuary.
Ambulances not available
There are suggestions that the large death toll from the accident could have been reduced had there been a working ambulance available at the Kintampo Municipal hospital, which was the closest to the incident.
However, with the only ambulance available at the hospital “out of commission,” ambulances had to be deployed to the scene from other areas in the region resulting in emergency teams arriving late.
This situation led to the revelation that there are only 165 ambulances to cater for the over 25 million citizens in the country, far below the internationally accepted ratio of 25,000 people to one ambulance.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana