Kintampo crash: 71 confirmed dead

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At least 71 people have been confirmed dead in Wednesday’s car crash at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Acting Medical Superintendent of the Kintampo Government Hospital, Dr Owusu Fosu, told Ekow Mensah-Shalders on Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show Thursday that the number could go up because several of the victims brought to the hospital were in “very critical” condition.

He said 29 bodies were first carted to the mortuary right after the accident followed by another 29 in a Kia truck in addition to an earlier seven deaths. An additional six died Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, President John Mahama has described the accident as “very sad news”.

Mr Mahama wrote on Facebook that he “received the sad news of an accident involving an M.M.T. Bus on the Kintampo-Tamale road. Condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones. Emergency services working to attend to injured passengers. Very sad news”.

The head-on collision between the Tamale-bound Metro Mass Transit bus and Accra-bound truck loaded with tomatoes from Burkina Faso occurred before 6pm on the Kintampo-Tamale highway.

Eyewitnesses said the MMT bus had its engine falling out upon impact. Some passengers and bodies were trapped in the mangled bus. Rescuers had to cut them out of the mangled bus.

Only one person is said to have survived the crash.

Source: ClassFMonline

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