The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has visited victims of last Friday’s Ekumfi accident at the Trauma & Specialist Hospital, Winneba and the St. Luke Catholic Hospital at Apam, all in the Central Region.
He bemoaned the incessant killings on the country’s roads as a result of road crashes and called on all stakeholders to come together to address the situation.
Quoting statistics from the National Roads Safety Commission, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, indicated that about 80% of all road crashes are caused by human error linked to indiscipline on the part of male drivers.
He said it was about time the citizenry take the safety and security of their lives into their own hands, urging that when a driver is over speeding or unnecessarily overtaking on the road, those on board the vehicle have every right to caution him or her.
The Minister also visited the accident at Ekumfi.
He was accompanied by some officials from the ministry, National Road Safety Commission, Metro Mass Transport, the Ghana Police Service and the deputy Central Regional Minister.
The Managing Director, Metro Mass Transit, Albert Aduboahene, on his part, expressed the company’s heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
He said from all the narrations given by the victims, it was clear that the fault of the accident wasn’t from the Metro Mass Transit driver.
He assured that his outfit will continue to pursue measures that will ensure the comfort and safety of their clientele, stressing that government is in the process of acquiring a new fleet of buses to replace worn-out and overaged buses.
The Winneba Police Commander, ACP Owoahene Acheampong who was with the minister gave an account of how the accident occurred suggesting that the incident was due a human error.
He further cautioned drivers to always leave some distance between their vehicles and others ahead of them.
About 10 people died in the accident that took place at Ekumfi Abor last Friday.
The accident involved a Yutong bus which was travelling from Takoradi to Accra and a Metro Mass Transit bus heading towards Cape coast.
According to an eyewitness, the Yutong bus was trying to overtake another vehicle in the wet morning when the accident occurred.
Another one occurred the same day on the Techiman-Kintampo road which claimed about 67 lives.
By: citinewsroom.com | Ghana