A survivor of the fatal Kintampo accident has blamed the tragedy on three passengers whom he claimed carried body parts of dead relatives on the MMT bus.
According to reports from myjoyonline.com, the survivor whose name was given as Charles, said he informed the driver that he was carrying body parts for burial in his hometown where he was heading.
According to some traditional beliefs, a family unable to bring back the body of a dead relative for burial in his hometown would alternatively, cut off some parts of the body such as the hair for final funeral rites to be performed at the hometown of the deceased.
Charles said he carried some nails, hair and other parts and sought permission from the driver before boarding the bus.
According to him, they performed some traditional rites before he boarded the bus. He however, added that there were three other persons who carried body parts but failed to respect the tradition by not declaring what they were carrying.
Charles claimed the three passengers failed to perform rituals such as the pouring of libation which is believed to be a requirement before transporting body parts.
Although he concurred to earlier reports from other survivors on the direct cause of the crash, Charles strongly believed the incident was controlled by some spiritual forces.
While explaining this, Charles said the bus driver who perished along with 63 others stopped to address a fault on the bus, but could not fix the problem well enough and continued the 200km journey to Tamale.
Confirming the accounts of other survivors, he said the bus was running with the speed of a jet. Not long after, the driver hit three cows, lost control of the steering wheel and rammed into a truck carrying tomatoes.
The massive impact left Charles suddenly buried under at least five bodies, he said. Before the impact, panic-stricken passengers were frantic in prayers.
For him, the accident was not because the bus developed a fault but because three passengers failed to perform the required rituals before transporting body parts.
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