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Two killed in accident on Christmas eve in Kumasi

Two people died on Christmas eve in an accident on the Offinso-Maaban stretch in the Ashanti region.

When the incident occurred at around 10:30 am, the victims who were on an Apsonic motorbike with an unknown registration number were traveling from Offinso to Asuofia.

On the scene, officers told that after the motorbike veered off his lane in an effort to overtake another car, the rider collided with a DAF crane truck.

The victims have been reported dead at the scene near a filling station in Goil. One of them, Kofi Gyakye Junior, 19, was named.

Their bodies have since been deposited for conservation and examination at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) morgue.

As the investigation began, the driver of a DAF truck with registration number GT 4172-J was being questioned by the police.

According to the Ghana Police Service, road crashes have risen from 2,974 in 2019 to 3,137 in 2020 in the Ashanti region.

As of December 10, 2020, a total of 518 people were killed in road accidents, compared to 409 during the same period in 2019.

Of this number, 167 were killed by motorcycles and tricycles, representing 32 percent of the cases.

Of the 518 individuals killed, 420 were men, while 97 were women.

We reported 2,974 cases in the Ashanti region alone from January to December 10, 2019, and then this year, we would have thought that the traffic crashes would also be reduced due to the Covid-19 and the lockdowns and limitations that came from it.

Unfortunately, within the Ashanti Region, we have reported 3,137 crashes. We can’t be proud of that number,’

He told that road traffic laws will be strictly enforced by the police, including a series of awareness campaigns to inform the public about the hazard.

“How long are we going to sit down to lose innocent souls in these preventable crashes,” he quizzed.
That’s why we’re here today to raise public consciousness, both of the pedestrians, of the drivers, of the passengers and of all, including the media, so that we all come together so that we all get there alive.


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