UPDATED: 53 people dead in accident on Tamale-Kintampo road

Fifty three passengers on a Kumasi bound Metro Mass bus are confirmed dead in a fatal accident in Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region Wednesday evening.

Consequently, there has been a heavy traffic on the Tamale-Kumasi corridor road, as vehicles queue for the accident scene to clear.

Reports indicate the accident happened around 20:00 GMT when the bus had a head-on collision with a truck carrying tomatoes believed to be traveling from Burkina Faso to Accra.

Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander DCOP Maxwell Atingani, revealed on Thursday that, an injured passenger on the Metro Mass bus said the vehicle developed a brake problem when it got to Techiman, about 62km from the crash site.

The passenger told police the driver of the bus stopped to fix the problem, but the mechanic who came to work on the vehicle failed to solve the problem.

However, the bus driver, determined to reach his destination, continued the journey with the faulty brakes and on reaching a sharp curve at Kintampo, the brakes failed and rammed into the cargo truck.

Efforts by a team of military, fire service and police to free passengers trapped in the mangled Metro Mass bus with registration AS 7131 Y for a several hours proved unsuccessful.

Reports indicate locals helped greatly with efforts to remove dead bodies and the injured.

Some of the people on the bus

Heavy traffic built on the road Wednesday due to the fatal crash as vehicles queue for the accident scene to clear, however DCOP Atingani says the road has cleared.

It took the intervention of the police led by the  Kintampo Divisional Commander, Chief Supritendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, to partially decongest the road.