Nine students of the University of Education, Winneba have been confirmed dead while several others are injured after they were involved in an accident on Sunday.
The accident which occurred at Asuboi, a suburb of Suhum on the Accra-Kumasi highway, involved a Hyundai Universe commercial bus.
The incident happened after the bus they were travelling on from Sunyani to Accra crashed into a stationery articulated truck.
The driver of the bus with registration number AK324-22 is reported to have failed to observe traffic regulations because he was allegedly sleeping.
A 40-footer truck loaded with wood fell onto the road due to the impact of the accident, killing eight persons instantly.
The Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, said the Police have launched investigations into the incident.
According to him, the bodies have been deposited at the Suhum Government Hospital morgue while the injured are receiving treatment at the same facility.
“On-the-spot investigations at the section of the accident spot at Asuboi on the Accra-Kumasi dual carriage road, indicated that the driver of the said commercial bus failed to observe traffic ahead whilst he was allegedly sleeping.
“In the process, he crashed into a 40-footer container loaded with wood which fell partially on the road as a result of a previous accident. The passengers who sustained the injuries have been transported to the Suhum Government Hospital and are receiving treatment whilst the dead have been deposited at the Suhum Government Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy,” he told JoyNews in an interview.