Bus, cargo truck collide in Ghana

  • 18/02/2016
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At least 53 people died in Ghana when a bus hit a truck head-on north of the capital Accra, in the country's deadliest road crash in years.

The Metro Mass Transit coach was heading to the northern town of Tamale from the second-largest city of Kumasi on Wednesday night (local time) when it collided with a cargo truck loaded with boxes of tomatoes, regional police chief Maxwell Atingane told Reuters.

"Many of the passengers on the bus died on the spot," Atingane said, adding about 23 others were injured, some seriously, and were being treated at a local hospital.

Atingane said initial accounts of the cause of the crash cited a mechanical failure on the bus, but he added police were investigating.

A witness said the scene was "pathetic and gory" and passengers were trapped in the bus wreckage.

Ghana's President John Mahama sent a tweet expressing condolences over the deaths.

AAP