Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Accident claims close to 60 lives at Amoma Nkwanta near Kintampo

Accident claims close to 60 lives at Amoma Nkwanta near Kintampo

An accident involving two public transport buses each with over fifty passengers in Ghana's middle belt has claimed the lives of over 50 people, local media portals have reported.

"At least 60 people have been confirmed dead and one of the buses caught fire with the other seriously mangled", he added.

One of Ghana's biggest privately owned long distance bus companies, VVIP, was involved in the crash.

Survivors have been rescued from the accident scene to various hospitals within the Techiman and Kintampo enclave for emergency medical attention, witnesses told our correspondent Larry Paa Kwesi Moses.

Passengers on the bus were said to have earlier asked the driver to park and take a nap, but he rejected the idea insisting he could continue the journey without taking a rest.

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"Seven out of the 28 passengers who were rushed here are in critical condition", AFP quoted Arhin as saying.

Ghana's Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia said action was required to prevent such accidents. We watched as the fire consumed them.

The crash has renewed calls for Ghanaian authorities to enforce traffic rules to reduce deaths on the country's poorly maintained roads.

He said they sustained head injuries and bruises on their bodies.

In February 2016, 70 people were killed and 13 injured when two buses collided in the same town of Kintampo.

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