The recent Accra-Kumasi road accidents is a true definition of utter carelessness!
Not less than 18 lives have been lost between yesterday [Thursday], and today [Friday] at the same spot along the Accra-Kumasi highway as a result of a lumber truck left at the middle of the road after it broke down.
According to myjoyonline.com reports, a speeding 207 sprinter commercial bus crashed into the broken down stationary truck at around 4.30 a.m. today [Friday], leaving 13 passengers dead and scores injured.
Reports reveal that other injured passengers have been sent to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) with seven of the victims in critical conditions. Some others were taken to the Konongo Government Hospital.
On the evening of yesterday being Thursday, around 8 – 9 p.m., a Toyota bus carrying passengers from Accra- Kumasi had bumped into the same truck at New Koforidua, Nobewam, leaving five passengers dead, and many others injured.
Superintendent Boadi Bossman of the Konongo Divisional Police who narrated the incidents to Joy News blamed lack of towing vans for the Accra-Kumasi road accidents. He lamented that some of the heavy duty machines which were operated by Zoomlion have mysteriously disappeared, making it impossible to move accident or faulty vehicles out of the highway as soon as possible.
He however explained that conspicuous warning signals were placed a good distance from the stationary truck which the victim drivers failed to take note of as a result of reckless driving and over-speeding.
Because we did not have a heavy duty towing machine for some time now, we placed six reflective cones and triangles about 150 meters from the scene of the accident. The driver of the 207 splinter bus must have been driving careless and speeding to have missed all the warning signals, Supt. Bossman said.
He therefore appealed to concerned authorities to put these towing machines in place to avoid such careless accidents and loss of lives in future.