- Report of the Kintampo accident that claimed 61 lives is ready
- Desmod Owusu Boampong, the Kintampo Divisional Commander confirmed the completion of the work of the committee
- The IGP and some other police officers visited the accident scene
- He emphasized that any person who so wished to have access to the report could apply for it provided they were related to the deceased persons
- The two vehicles had the head-on collision in the same lane
The Kintampo Divisional Police Command says it has handed over report of the investigations into the gruesome Kintampo accident that claimed 61 lives to the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Several others sustained severe injuries in the accident which involved a head on collision last month between a Kumasi bound Metro Mass bus and a truck carrying tomatoes believed to be traveling from Navrongo.
Desmod Owusu Boampong, the Kintampo Divisional Commander who confirmed the completion of the work of the committee that was inaugurated to investigate the accident, says the report is to be handed over to the IGP.
“We have submitted the report so if there is anything, they will take it up over there [the IGP’s office]. It is not us down here. We have finished our report,” he said.
The IGP and the Regional Commander with some officers of the Ghana Police Service have already visited the accident scene to ascertain things for themselves.
Chief Superintendent Boampong revealed to the media that only relations of the victims of the accidents or victims themselves can request for a copy of the report.
He emphasized that any person or group of persons who so wished to have access to the report could apply for it provided they were related to the deceased persons.
“If you are not a relative to a deceased, we don’t see why we should give you the accident report,” he concluded.
According to the police, initial account from some of the survivors indicated that the accident was caused by wrongful overtaking in a sharp curve by the MMT Bus driver.
The two vehicles had the head-on collision in the same lane which also left the driver of the MMT dead.
The report also highlighted on the possibility of overloading although investigations have not been concluded.
Meanwhile, Bernice Akologo, the MMT’s acting Public Relations Officer told Citi News in an interview that the bus in question has a passenger limit of 61 including the driver and wondered how the intake increased along the way after it had left the Kumasi bus terminal with the exact number.
According to her, the MMT has also set up a committee to investigate the accident and will come out with its report by March.