General News Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Four persons were killed and two others sustained injuries when an ambulance belonging to the Ghana Ambulance Service was involved in an accident at Biahu, near Apowa in the Western Region.The four were said to have died instantly when the ambulance on which they were travelling collided with a heavy-duty haulage truck at around 1.00 p.m yesterday.
The injured, who have been identified as Alex Asare, the driver of the ambulance, and one Edith are on admission at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the hospital morgue, pending autopsy.
The ambulance got involved in the accident while conveying a patient to the Effia Nkwanta Hospital. The patient, Ben Asafoah, also perished in the crash.
Eyewitnesses at the scene of the accident told the Daily Graphic that the ambulance was travelling from Dixcove to the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Takoradi.
According to them, even though the ambulance had its siren on to warn other road users to make way for it, the heavy-duty haulage truck from Tarkwa ignored the warning, leading to the collision.
“Due to the huge frame of the haulage truck, it had difficulty in responding quickly to the ambulance’s siren to move aside.
“As it were, it collided head-on with the ambulance in spite of attempts by the driver of the ambulance to avoid hitting the truck,” the witnesses said.
In his reaction to news of the accident, the Western Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Mr Bismark Boakye, described the incident as “very sad and the first mishap of its kind in 2018.”