Regional News Thu, 21 Dec 2017

Scores injured in Tumu road accident

The mangled vehicle

More than 15 people are seriously injured after a 48-seater DAF bus somersaulted and fell into a virtual cliff on the side of the Wa-Tumu road in the Upper West Region.

The bus is believed to have fallen into a gaping hole created by a collapsed portion of a bridge just before Jeffesi, before heading into the somersault.

Police sources say the accident happened around 1 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, this year, but it took hours for victims to be conveyed to health facilities in the neighborhood, particularly the Tumu Government Hospital.

No fatalities were recorded.

At the time Graphic Online made the two-hour journey to the accident site, the remaining passengers were being helped onto an articulated truck to be conveyed to Wa regional hospital.

The bus was said to be travelling from Upper East towards Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The driver was said to be among the seriously injured who were first conveyed to the hospital.

The bus was lying upside down when Graphic Online got to the scene, with police on hand to help with traffic flow.

Large portions of the Wa-Tumu road has never been tarred, and its recent heavy usage by heavy-duty vehicles heading to or from Upper East and Burkina Faso has worsened the already poor surface.

Meanwhile, another truck heading towards Tumu also fell on its side within one kilometer of the other accident.

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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