Mass burial held for 25 unclaimed bodies of deadly Kintampo accident

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Mass burial held for 25 unclaimed bodies of deadly Kintampo accident

A mass burial service was on Saturday, May 23, 2020 held for 25 passengers who were burnt beyond recognition in March this year in a deadly accident on the Kintampo-Tamale Highway.

The burial took place at the kintampo cemetery under the strict supervision of officials of the Ghana Police Service and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with relations of deceased persons in attendance.

The 25 persons were part of the 31 who lost their lives in the accident that occurred at Dawadawa Number 2, a small community located a few Kilometers away from kintampo on the kintampo-Tamale road.

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The accident, according to the police, was caused by a head-on collision between a sprinter minibus with registration Number AS 1801-18 and a Kia grand bird bus with a registration number.GT 5059-17 on that stretch of the road where both vehicles caught fire.

The Chief Executive of the Kintampo North Municipal, Honorable Micheal Sarkodie Boffoe, in an interaction with the media after the burial, stated that the exercise was necessitated by the fact that bodies of the 25 victims could not be identified by their relatives. He said the necessary legal processes were followed prior to the mass burial ceremony.

Honorable Sarkodie further called for a public dialogue to ascertain possible ways of preventing Future accidents within his jurisdiction.

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On his part, the MTTD commander for the kintampo Divisional police command, DSP Francis Adjei Brobey, said post-mortem examinations were conducted on bodies of the victims and the preliminary report ascertained was yet to be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for further actions to be taken.

DSP Brobey further admonished motorists to be cautious on the road when driving in order to prevent accidents.

A relative of one of the victims who identified himself as James Musah witnessed the burial ceremony. He said he suspected his wife, Monica Musah, whose body he couldn’t identify, was in one of the vehicles when the accident occurred.

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The ceremony was witnessed by some chiefs, religious leaders, security personnel, and some from the kintampo Municipal environmental health office.

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