A police lance corporal, Ernest Oteng, who was detailed to the Walewale Police Station in the North East Region, has died following a gory car crash on the Tamale-Bolgatanga road.
Three other officers, Sergeant Seidu Bouri, Lance Corporal Paul Ofori and Lance Corporal Elijah Mensah, who were all with the now-deceased officer as of the time of the accident, also sustained injuries.
They were travelling on one of the police service’s Toyota Land cruisers with registration GP246 when the accident happened.
The surviving officers are in critical condition at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
The accident happened at about 4:30 am on Saturday, 19 September 2020.
The police patrol vehicle collided with a KIA Grand Bird bus at Lougri in the Walewale municipality.
The police car somersaulted several times before hitting a tree.
No one on the bus got injured but its driver has been arrested and detained for questioning.
The Walewale accident happened on the same day that, at least, eight colts footballers who were all members of a youth football academy in the Offinso Municipality, Ashanti Region, died instantly at about 3:30 pm, after the bus they were travelling on from Afrancho, skidded off the road and tumbled into River Offinso.
There were 36 young players on the bus when the accident occurred.
Police says the driver lost control of the bus, as he sped during their return from a game.
The bus, a KIA Pregio with registration number AS 928–19, got totally mangled.
The boys who died were between the ages of 12 and 16.
Their bodies have been deposited at St Patrick’s Hospital morgue.
The other 30 teammates also sustained severe injuries.
Four of them are in critical condition.
The remaining others are also getting medical attention at St. Patrick’s Hospital.
The police is doing further investigations of the accident.
“We are deeply saddened by the development and wish to express our condolences to the family of the deceased and a speedy recovery to the rest of the team who sustained various degrees of injuries during the accident,” the Ghana Football Association said in a statement
Local residents of the area thronged to the accident scene after news of the disaster got to them.
In all, four horrible accidents have occurred within this week alone.
The first one in the week resulted in the death of 14 people after a ghastly crash between two huge passenger buses and a cargo truck at Kyekyewere in the Eastern Region on the Accra-Kumasi highway at the beginning of this week.
Another seven died in a separate crash on the Cape Coast-Kasoa highway in the Central Region.