A tragic accident that occurred on Holy Saturday in the Western Region has claimed one life and left about 11 others injured. The accident reportedly occurred when a vehicle transporting members of the Unique Masqueraders Club from Takoradi crashed into some trees by the roadside on the Agona Nkwanta road in an attempt to avoid a head-on collision with a truck.
The Masqueraders Club had organized a health walk in Takoradi, after which the members underwent a health screening exercise. Some members of the New Amanful branch near Takoradi also participated in the exercise and decided to travel to Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West Municipality to join their colleagues for the official inauguration of the Agona Nkwanta branch of the club.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the bus transporting the club members was allegedly speeding and attempted to overtake another vehicle, leading to the accident. The bus was damaged beyond repair, and the deceased was sent to the Effia Nkwanta hospital morgue.
The injured persons were also sent to the Effia Nkwanta and Kwesimintsim hospitals for treatment. Six of the injured have been treated and discharged.
The incident is a tragic reminder of the need for drivers to exercise caution on the roads and avoid reckless driving. Authorities must also ensure that road safety measures are enforced to prevent such accidents and protect the lives of road users.