A major road accident involving a red Scania Marcopolo bus with registration number GW 9090-18 has reportedly led to numerous deaths and injuries on the Accra-Kumasi highway.

The incident took place early Friday morning around 4:00 AM at Atwemamena, a locality situated between Bunso and Akyem Asafo in the Eastern Region.

The bus, traveling from Kumasi to Accra, collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction.

Witnesses described the crash as extremely severe, stating that “many passengers, including the bus driver and his assistant, perished. I saw a severed leg in the wrecked front of the bus. The injured have been taken to Suhum Government Hospital for urgent medical attention.”

This tragic event highlights a worrying trend in Ghana, where road accidents are alarmingly common. In the first quarter of this year alone, 4,503 road accidents were recorded, resulting in 829 deaths and 4,955 injuries.

The Orthopaedic Association of Ghana (OAG) has urged the government to implement comprehensive trauma care systems and enforce strict road safety regulations. At their 4th Annual General and Scientific Conference in Kwahu on May 16, the OAG stressed the importance of timely and effective trauma treatment, strict road traffic law enforcement, promoting helmet and seat belt use, and enhancing road infrastructure to improve safety for all users.

Credit: Kojo Ansah