The Tongu Divisional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), Superintendent Olivia Turkson has stated that the fatal accident that occurred at dawn on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020 at Tefle near Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region, was highly preventable.
According to her, a little patience and the strict adherence to basic road traffic regulations would have avoided the tragic accident that led to the sad loss of five (5) persons on that fateful day.
Speaking to our newsteam in an interview at Sogakope, Superintendent Turkson stressed the need for drivers not only to exercise restraint and caution on the country’s roads but also strictly observe road traffic regulations particularly during festive season of Christmas and New Year in order to reduce if not eliminate road crashes.
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The accident involved two (2) vehicles, a fifteen (15)-sitter Ford Transit Mini bus with registration number GX 3886-16 which was heading towards Accra from Keta and a Hyundai Universe Space Long bus number GT 6473-20 carrying thirty-one (31) passengers on board and was enroute to Aflao from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The MTTD Boss told our newsteam that the Ford Transit Mini bus driver was wrongly overtaking another vehicle ahead of him when all of a sudden the long bus pulled up from the opposite direction. According to Superintendent Turkson, because the accident spot was in a curve, an attempt to completely swerve the long bus by skipping off the road failed, compelling the Hyundai Universe Space long bus driver to hit the Ford Transit bus in its middle portion, splitting the vehicle into two parts.
Commander Turkson disclosed that four (4) persons, two (2) females and two (2) males lost their lives in the Ford Transit Mini bus excluding the driver. They were Elorm Tsortorme, 34, a Stenographer who joined the vehicle from Tegbi, Logoshie Avemegah, 48 who also boarded the car from Anloga, Joshua Ahlidza, 25, the Driver’s Mate from Tegbi as well as Beauty Fiakorme, 34, a Seamstress from Sogakope who got on board the vehicle from the Sogakope Barrier only to lose her life just after some five (5) minutes from taking off. One person in the Hyundai Universe Space Bus, Kennedy Sai, 33, an Electrical Engineer also died in the accident, bringing the number of persons who perished in the latest gory accident to five (5).
The husband of Beauty, Mr. Edward Torkudzor told our newsteam that the death of her wife has not only been a shock to him and their two (2) children but also a big blow to the entire maternal and paternal families.
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