22 January 2013

Ghana: 24 Perish On Tamale-Buipe Road

Tamale — OFFICIALS AT the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) have confirmed that twenty-four (24) persons died in the fatal road accident that occurred on the Tamale-Buipe road in the Northern Region.

The accident involving a 23-seater Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with registration number AS 8931-12, traveling from Kumasi to Tamale, and a KIA truck with registration number AS 8833-11, traveling from Tamale to the Buipe market, occurred at the early hours of Monday January 21, 2013.

According to eye witness account to the Police, there was head-on collision between the KIA truck, which was carrying cattle, and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicle.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Mr. Gabriel NiiOtooAnkrah, briefing the Northern Regional Minister, Moses BukariMabengba and members of the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) during their visit to the victims, confirmed that 24 persons were brought to the hospital already dead.

All the 24 bodies were deposited at the Hospital Mortuary for safe keeping and identification by families and friends.

According to the PRO, seven (7) injured persons including 5 males and 2 females were currently on admission at the Hospital. Mr. NiiOtooAnkrah further told the teams that three of the victims are on imaging examination, while two (2) are in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit.

A little girl who lost her month in the accident but survived with minor injuries, according to the PRO, would be given to the Social Welfare Department until the time her family identifies her, since she can hardly talk.

The Northern Regional Minister, Moses BukariMabengba, who nearly shed tears after visiting the injured and the dead persons, described the day as Black Monday, given the intensity of the accident. Some of the cattle also perished in the accident.

He expressed grave concern about the quality of drivers on the roads and called for collective efforts to reduce the carnage.

He sympathized with the bereaved families and also wished those on admission a speedy recovery.

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