Three officials of the Enchi A and B districts of the Quality Control Division of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) died, while 15 others sustained serious injuries, when the bus on which they were travelling from Agona Nsaba in the Central Region to Enchi in the Western Region was involved in an accident last Saturday.
The deceased have been identified as Isaac Yeboah, Andrews Krampah and Ernest Antwi-Bosiako.
The injured, who are on admission at the Oda Government Hospital, include Philip Gyasi Afful, the Enchi District ‘A’ officer; his assistant, M. D. Brobbey, Martin Amponsah Yeboah, Osei Agyemang, Ebo Quarshie, Victor Awuah and Benjamin Agyei Nsiah.
The rest are Godwin Adoboli, Emmanuel Kankam, S. K. Mensah, Eric Ayensu, John K. Ackah, Emmanuel Kenya and Zakari Abass (the driver).
Cause of accident
Briefing the Daily Graphic at the Oda Government Hospital, Mr Yeboah, one of the victims, said the 18 officials were returning to Enchi after attending the funeral of the mother of a colleague at Agona Nsaba last Saturday.
Mr Yeboah said when they reached a spot between Akyem Anyinase and Akyem Etwereso around 4 p.m., one of the rear tyres burst and the driver applied the brakes, but the vehicle somersaulted a number of times before falling on its side in the middle of the road, with some of the staff trapped under it.
Mr Yeboah said some Good Samaritans managed to rescue the injured and rush them to the Oda Government Hospital in a number of vehicles.
He said at the hospital, the medical personnel who attended to them pronounced Isaac Yeboah and Andrews Krampah dead, while Antwi-Bosiako died later at the hospital.
The Oda Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Ebenezer Ampofo, who visited the accident victims at the hospital, wished them a speedy recovery.
He said the police would investigate the cause of the accident and cautioned motorists to be very cautious on the road.