The mangled bus after the accident
Two persons – a man and a woman – died on the spot when a Ford bus
carrying 15 passengers overturned on the Obuasi-Dunkwa highway on Thursday
Driver of the bus, who is on admission, was said to have lost
control of the steering wheel after a tyre burst at Camp Nkwanta community,
Eleven others, including two in critical conditions, were also
taken to the Obuasi Government Hospital after the accident that happened at about
Samuel Odai of the Obuasi Divisional Police Command said it took
rescuers close to 30 minutes to get all the passengers out of the bus with
registration number GX 3250–16, which was travelling from Kumasi to Tarkwa.
According to the police officer, who was at the scene of the
accident close to a police barrier he was manning, two bodies were taken to the
morgue at the Obuasi Government Hospital.
Eyewitnesses told DAILY GUIDE that the bus burst a
rear tyre as the driver was negotiating a sharp curve at a portion of the road,
losing control in the process.
“Before anybody could think of something else, the bus had
hit a culvert and it began to somersault,” one of the surviving passengers
According to him, the bus finally landed on a male passenger after
he was thrown out of it, crushing his head in the process.
He indicated that some of the passengers were thrown out of the
bus, while others were trapped inside with broken limbs and crushed heads.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi