The Juaso Township in the Asante-Akim South Municipality was thrown into a state of grief and mourning on Sunday night when five inhabitants of the area died on the spot in a fatal accident on the Juaso stretch of the Accra-Kumasi Highway.
The deceased, on board a taxi cab with registration number AS 6720 – 17, met the untimely death when the taxi cab believed to be chasing a truck loaded with illegal lumber at a top speed, manoeuvred a sharp curve to overtake the truck, but collided with an on-coming STC bus with registration number GE 783-16.
Both vehicles in their attempt to avoid a head-on collision veered off the road, falling into a ditch.
The bus then landed on the cab, killing all the occupants on the spot.
Some passengers on board the bus, who sustained multiple minor injuries, were rushed to the Juaso Municipal Hospital where they were treated and discharged.
A combined team of Police and Fire Service personnel had to cut the twisted metals of the mangled taxi before they could retrieve the bodies of two of the victims.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Andrew Anyani, the Municipal Police Commander, who confirmed the accident to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said it took the police four hours to retrieve the bodies from the wreckage of the car.
He said the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the Steward Hospital Morgue at Yawkwei.
The dead have been identified as Thomas Owusu Tawiah, 33, Christopher Anim Bonsu, 27, Dennis Boamah, 32, Kennedy Okyere, 35 and Deborah Addae Poku, 19.
Three of the deceased were staff of the Forest Services Division (FSD) of the Forestry Commission, at Juaso.