Police arrest driver in connection with fatal Cape Coast-Takoradi highway accident

The Central Regional Police Command has arrested Paul Kwah, the driver in charge of an articulated truck that was involved in a fatal motor accident on 3rd August 2022, at Eduagyei Village on the Cape Coast-Takoradi highway.

DAF truck driver who killed 12 on Elmina-Komenda road arrested

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect driver, Paul Kwah, was driving a Dad Flat Body Articulated Truck No. GM 2670-12, loaded with 850 bags of cement from Takoradi to Accra.

On reaching Eduagyei village, he carelessly overtook some vehicles and collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota Hiace mini bus No. WR 1347-17.

The driver and 11 passengers on board the Toyota Hiace vehicle have all been confirmed dead by a medical officer at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. One female passenger who survived the accident is responding to treatment at the same Hospital.

The Police is working with the families of the deceased to assist in identifying the victims of the accident.

"While we commiserate with the affected families, we continue to entreat all road users to be disciplined, responsible and demonstrate a sense of humanity and adhere to road regulations in order to avoid such preventable accidents," the Police said in a statement.

Accident Account

Preliminary investigations by the Police revealed the suspect driver carelessly overtook some vehicles in front of him and ended up colliding with the Toyota Hiace bus.

Twelve persons including the driver of the Toyota Hiace died in the accident.

The Police is currently working with the families of the deceased to assist with identification of the victims.

The accident occurred when the DAF Truck collided with the Toyota Hiace bus with registration number WR 1347- 17.

The DAF truck, loaded with bags of cement was heading towards Takoradi while the Toyota Hiace bus was from Takoradi heading towards Kumasi.

The truck is alleged to have overtaken a vehicle ahead of it and as a result of poor visibility due to a burning bush, collided with the Toyota Hiace bus.

The Ghana National Fire Service from Elmina were at the scene to rescue the victims.

However, only one person was found alive, injured.

The driver of the truck absconded.

The bodies of the deceased were deposited at the Cape Coast Teaching hospital morgue for autopsy and preservation.

They include seven males and five females.

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