By: Kingsley Attitsogbui|
Eight individuals lost their lives immediately, while nine others are in critical condition with varying degrees of injuries following a car accident in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.
The tragic incident occurred between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the base of the Ho Galenkui Mountain near the National Lottery Authority’s Volta Regional office at Ola top.
The collision involved a mini bus, a Benz with registration number GR-1645-W, and a Zoomlion refuse truck with registration number GR-6205-16.
The Benz, carrying traders with loads of foodstuff from Abotoase, was descending the Galenkui Mountain toward Ho township. Simultaneously, the loaded Zoomlion truck was ascending the mountain from the opposite direction. The collision happened at a sharp curve at the mountain’s base.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Benz experienced a brake failure and a tire burst while descending, causing the driver to lose control of the steering wheel.
The head-on collision resulted in the Zoomlion truck veering into the left-side gutter, while the Benz ended up on the right side of the road, both vehicles deviating from their original lanes.
A witness named Joy recounted overtaking the Benz on a motorbike and later hearing the loud collision noise at the old Star SHS junction.
The Benz had fallen on its left side, trapping passengers inside. Local residents managed to upright the vehicle before assisting the victims. Joy mentioned that the Benz was laden with bags of cassava dough, corn dough, charcoal, boards, and tied sheep and goats.
Divisional Officer Grade 3 Seth Tay, the Ho Municipal Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service, described the accident as “very terrible.”
Seventeen individuals were transported to the municipality’s hospital for treatment, resulting in eight fatalities and nine others in critical condition.
He said the team had a tough time rescuing the victims as some of them were trapped in the mangled cars.
Rescue efforts were challenging as some victims were trapped in the severely damaged vehicles, leading to over four hours of traffic congestion along the road.
Towing cars from the Volta Regional Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department were deployed to clear the roadway for other users.
As of Wednesday, November 22, 2023, two more casualties were confirmed, raising the total to ten.
Eyewitnesses lamented the delayed arrival of emergency services—Fire, Police, and Ambulance personnel—at the scene.