Road accidents in Ghana is becoming scary as most of the busses carrying passengers on our roads to their workplaces or houses either get burnt or get all passengers on board killed. Beginning of this year, there have being series of road accidents that has claimed precious lives involving children and women. Just last year in the same month an accident involving a VVIP Kia bus and a Grandbird bus claimed more than 70 precious live on the same Kintampo road. This has become a worry to many travellers who ply the road and it always songs of praises to God for those who are able to travel safely on the Kintampo road to their destinations.
Some have laid the blame at our poor road network with a lot of potholes on it. And in fact it is true. Our road network is very poor and it raises the question about how road tools are used by government in constructing good asphalt roads for safe journeys on various roads in the country. Some are also putting the blame on drivers. They claim most of these drivers are very careless and most a times ignore important road signs leading to many accidents on our roads. This is because these drivers only care about how to get passengers quickly to destinations as quickly as possible without taking into consideration the highest speed they can go on a highway so that in case of any unfortunate crossing, they will have the opportunity to save lives. Also, another set of people claims most of our major roads especially, the Kintampo Highway is a blood bank of wizards and witches and that is the main reason why there are so many accidents on our various roads. But can all this be totally true?
On Monday, 9th March, 2020 we all woke up to the sad news of a Metro mass bus colliding with a mini sprinter bus on the Kintampo Highway. Both busses caught fire immediately after the accident and in the process burnt people to death. Some were able to escape but had multiple injuries. Circumstances’ leading to their death at first was not known since drivers of both vehicles passed on the moment the accident occurred and also because of the critical condition of the six survivors of the accident who had to be rushed to the Kintampo Government Hospital. However, after sometime, our news team was able to speak to some of the accident victims.
Yenbone Maambey, one of the survivors of the deadly Kintampo accident that claimed the precious lives of 29 people talked to us about how it all happened. He noted that the bus which he was inside veered of it lane into the lane of the other vehicle and this caused the accident. According to him, their vehicle which is the Kia Grandbird collided with the sprinter bus immediately it went into the lane of the mini sprinter bus and it immediately caught fire. He believes the driver of the Grandbird was dozing off and that iis the reason for the accident.
“I got out before realizing that my other brother who was a policeman was trapped in the vehicle and could not get out and he was burnt to death among 30 others. My Cash of GHC 25,000 which I was going to use in buying some goods has also been burnt”, he narrated.
The accident that occurred on Monday is believed to be one of the fatal accidents which have occurred on our roads this year after the Dompoase road accident which also claimed the lives of some 30 people.