Two EC returning officers have died, while one other is in critical condition after the vehicle they were driving in collided with a sand tipping truck near Sunyani, in the Brong-Ahafo Region. The third victim is currently receiving treatment at the Sunyani regional hospital as he suffered major injuries.
The three were said to be returning to Wenchi after an Electoral commission stakeholder's meeting when the accident occurred near a military shooting range on Wednesday afternoon.
The driver of the truck fled the scene after the accident but later reported himself to the police station. He has since been detained pending further investigations.
The two officials who lost their lives have been identified as David Adu Damoah, an assistant Headmaster at the Wenchi Senior High School and Adjei Beseah, the headmaster of the Wenchi Methodist Basic school. The survivor in critical condition is Thomas Agyapong who is the headmaster of the Wenchi Senior High school.
The regional MTTD commander Supt Daniel Oppong Asirifi said the preliminary investigations showed the truck veered off its lane into the of the saloon car, which was descending down the hill. The commander said that because of the nature of the roads there, loaded trucks tend to 'veer off their lane' in order to gain balance as they are climbing up the hill.
"If you look at the point of impact, it shows that the truck veered off its lane,” noting that the spot where the accident occurred is a dangerous section due to its curvy and hilly nature. “The location of the accident is a hill, it happened at the summit of the hill and the road is undulating. The road is also very, very narrow. There is the need to exercise caution at that spot. One has to be defensive because of the bad nature of the road,” he added.
According to Supt. Asirifi, it took the Police MTTD and a rescue team from the Ghana Fire Service about two hours to retrieve the bodies from the mangled vehicles. He said that the body of the car had to be cut before they had access to the victims.
He added that full investigations have commenced that would determine the true cause of the collision.
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