34 Perish In Accident –

A gory accident that occurred at
Dompoase in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem municipality of the Central Region
yesterday claimed 34 lives and injured several others.

The heart-wrenching accident, which
occurred at about 12:15 am on Tuesday, involved a Man Diesel truck with
registration number GR 5704-18 which was travelling from Takoradi towards Cape
Coast and a Hyundai bus with registration number GN 3780-10 which was heading
for Takoradi from Cape Coast.

According to eyewitnesses, the Hyundai
bus on reaching a curve at Dompase on the Takoradi-Cape Coast highway tried to
overtake a vehicle in front of it.

“So in an attempt by the Man Diesel
bus which was moving in the opposite direction to swerve, it collided with the
Hyundai bus killing 29 people instantly and five later at the Cape Coast
Hospital,” the eyewitnesses said. 

They added that both drivers died
instantly, with one of them having his head completely chopped off. 

According to them, it took some personnel
of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) from Cape Coast to rescue some of the
injured while the mutilated bodies of the dead passengers were conveyed to the
hospital.

They alleged that some of the deceased persons were believed to be Ivorians who were travelling from Accra to Takoradi and probably to continue their journey to Cote d’Ivoire.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the Public
Relations Officer of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Fred Nyankah, confirmed
that a total of 34 people died in the accident and their bodies deposited at
the hospital morgue. 

He
explained that the deceased included 20 males, 11 females and three children — one boy and two girls. 

Besides, he indicated that about 54
others, who sustained various degrees of injury, were receiving treatment at
the accident and emergency unit of the hospital.

He appealed to people whose relatives
were travelling from Accra to Takoradi or vice versa on Tuesday but had not
heard from them to visit the hospital to ascertain whether they were part of
the victims.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi