From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Kumasi 

Within a period of four days, another tragedy has hit Kumasi, involving an articulator which ran into pupils of the Star of Hope International School at Ahenema-Kokoben, killing two instantly, and injuring six others.

Only last Saturday, three children were killed in an accident which occurred at Sofoline, near the famous Prempeh College.

The dead include Sandra Akosah and a woman bread seller, whose name was not available at the time of going to press. The tragedy happened at the Santasi lorry station.

Joel Adoh, one of the injured pupils, was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) theatre unconscious, where medical personnel were seriously trying to resuscitate him.

Some of the pupils in critical condition include Naadia Owusu, 13, Anastasia Boahemaa, 13, Francis Owusu, 10, and Wendy Akosah, 7, whose sister died on the spot. The other victims were Akua Serwaa, 35, and Joyce Ofori, 33.

Information available at the accident scene indicates that the articulator truck was trying to save the lives of passengers on board a Nissan Urvan bus, which crossed its path, but unfortunately veered off its lane and ran into the children, who were waiting to be picked up by their school bus.

According to an eyewitness, the truck, which lost control, first hit an adult person standing by the road side, before running into the pupils.

Meanwhile, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Samuel Sarpong, has visited the victims at the Accident Unit of the KATH Emergency Unit. The Kumasi Mayor, however, escaped the anger of a Medical Doctor at the hospital during his visit.

Dr. Victor Dedzi, a Neurologist, poured venom on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, accusing the city authorities of doing little to safeguard the lives of people in the metropolis.

According to Dr. Dedzi, he had personally pleaded with the city authorities to drive away traders selling alongside the roads, particularly, at the Santasi lorry station and Abrepo Junction, which traders have turned into markets.

He said most of the principal roads in the city had been turned into trading joints, and should be checked to save lives.

Dr. Dedzi, who did not meet the KMA boss at the courtyard of the Accident and Emergency Centre, then poured his anger on the Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).

He would not listen to any explanation from the NRSC Manager, and challenged the city authorities to conduct the media round the Kumasi Metropolis to report on the negative practices of traders, instead of using the media to capture and show victims of accidents.

The medical officer also warned that if those traders were not taken away, the city would continue to experience these calamities.


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