Preliminary investigation by the Eastern Regional Police Command into the fatal accident that claimed lives of fourteen persons at Anyinam along the Accra to Kumasi Highways has revealed that the Sprinter Driver was recklessly overtaking.
Confirming the accident to Kasapa News, the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command ASP Ebenezer Tetteh said the accident occurred at about 11:30 pm at a spot opposite WAPCO Filling station near Anyinam .
He said the accident involved three vehicles, a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Bus and a Man Diesel Cargo Truck and a Mercedes Benz.
He said the Mercedes Benz with registration number GN 3699-14 loaded with about 25 pieces of 2/4 lumber and 25 passengers from Nkawkaw direction towards Accra overtook several ongoing vehicles and in the process collided head on with the Man Diesel Truck with registration number WR 5783-C also fully loaded from the opposite direction.
The driver of the Cargo lost control of the steering wheel and also collided with another Mercedes Benz with registration number GT 546-U loaded with passengers and foodstuffs.
According to the PRO, the 14 persons who died at the spot included 5 children all below five years and 9 adults all occupants of the Sprinter Bus.
Other occupants of the Cargo Truck and the Sprinter Bus sustained serious injuries hence rushed to the Engresi Government Hospital and Kibi Government hospital for treatment.
The bodies have been deposited at Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw.
The Eastern Region has recorded many fatal accidents along the Accra to Kumasi Highways this year of which about 20 lives were lost in January.
Statistics from the Motor Transport and Traffic Department in the region indicates a total of 1233 accident cases were recorded in 2017 in the Eastern region with 1732 vehicles involved out of which 374 persons perished while 2254 were injured during the year.