Five mourners are reported dead while over 40 have been hospitalised after an accident at Asuokwaw near Asamankese on the Adeiso-Nsawam road in the Eastern Region.

Confirming the accident on Thursday, 21 February 2019 to Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Class91.3FM’s 505 news programme, the Administrator of the Asamankese Hospital, Mr Clement Marfo, said: “I can confirm a minimum of five [deaths]”.

Mr Marfo explained that the mourners came to the hospital to convey a corpse to Asuokwaw for a funeral service and burial in the afternoon. However, the mourners, who were travelling on a KIA Rhino truck, were involved in an accident at Asuokwaw, several kilometres from their destination. The bodies of the deceased and scores of survivors who sustained various degrees of injuries were taken to the Asamankese Hospital.

Mr Marfo said they have subsequently called all the medical doctors and nurses at the health facility to come and attend to emergency cases, as he described the accident as “terrible”.

He said the police and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) were dispatched to the scene of the accident as first responders while some chiefs who heard about the accident have visited the hospital.

Source: Ghana/ClassFM