There have been conflicting accounts with regards to the actual number of deaths in Tuesday’s fatal accident at Gomoa Okyereko in the Central Region.
Gomoa Okyereko is known to be one of the accident prone areas on that Accra-Cape Coast highway, and has a signage warning motorists.
Claims that 16 lives were lost have been disputed by the National Road safety Authority.
Debunking the initial death toll, widely published in the media, the Public Relations Officer of the National Road Safety Authority, Madam Pearl Adosu put the figure at six (6).
The gory accident which occurred at dawn of Tuesday 30th May, 2023 saw a head-on collision between a fuel tanker from Accra to Apam with registration number WR 2063-10 and a passenger bus from Liberia to Budumburam with registration number GT 5866-L.
Over 30 persons who sustained several degrees of injuries were rushed to Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.
The PRO for National Road Safety Authority, disclosed the number of people who died in the accident on Ahwenepa FM morning show with Oheneba Appiah Kubi on Wednesday.
Madam Pearl Adosu said the Authority will issue a press statement later today to clarify and address the conflicting reports.
She advised drivers and other road users, across the country, to be careful and exercise extra vigilance on the road.
She also bemoaned the loss of lives and added that long journey drivers should have at least one assistant so that when stress sets in the other driver will help in order to reduce road accidents across the country.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has called for an investigation into the accident at Gomoa Okyereko.
In a press release empathising with victims, Mr Afenyo-Markin explained that an investigation would provide insight into the circumstances surrounding the accident.
“In light of this tragic event, it is imperative that we come together as a nation and prioritize the safety of our roads. Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to upholding road safety, implementing necessary precautions, and fostering a culture of responsible driving.”
Find his statement below