Dozens killed in Ghana as bus collides with tomato truck

ACCRA, Ghana -- A head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in central Ghana killed 53 people in the deadliest road accident in recent memory, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

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The accident occurred Wednesday night in the town of Kintampo, more than 400 kilometres north of the capital, Accra, said Christopher Tawiah, a regional police spokesman. The survivors included 18 adults and five children, Tawiah said, adding that they were being treated at the town's government hospital.

On Twitter, President John Dramani Mahama expressed condolences to affected families and said emergency crews were responding.

Bodies were strewn on the road in a scene of "devastation," said Fred Dwomoh, whose son survived.

"This accident has shattered families," Dwomoh said by phone from Kintampo.

Relatives of some other passengers awaited news.

"My wife was on that bus and l am dreading to go to the hospital," said Peter Frimpong, a trader in Accra. "I have asked my brother to check to see what has happened to her."

Officials are investigating. Ghana's National Road Safety Commission reported that more than 1,600 people were killed in road accidents last year.

Received the sad news of an accident involving a M.M.T. Bus on the Kintampo- Tamale road. Condolences to those who've lost loved ones.

— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) February 17, 2016

Emergency services working to attend to injured passengers in the M.M.T. Bus accident on the Kintampo- Tamale road. Very sad news.

— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) February 17, 2016


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