Residents of Kintampo have called on government to reconstruct the Kintampo-Tamale highway into a dual carriage road.
This comes after over 30 people lost their lives in a fatal crash between a Yutong bus and a mini Sprinter bus in the Bono East Region on Monday, March 9, 2020.
Speaking on behalf of the residents, the Accident Victims Support Foundation President, Cyril Crabbe said the people are scared and want government to execute measures that will curb the rampant road accidents recorded on the highway.
“I drove on that stretch and you can see that there is an extreme danger when using it. This is because when there is an oncoming vehicle, it is very scary and that is why their [residents’] calls for a dual carriage should be adhered to,” he said.
The Kintampo-Tamale highway has been known for gory accidents over the years. In March 2016 alone, 61 people were killed on that stretch. Another 50 have been killed in March 2019.
According to Rev Crabbe, the indigenes of the region now attribute spiritual connotation to accidents due to the frequency with which occurs in the area.
“For them, they are expecting that when these things happen some rituals would be carried out to appease the spirit, [but nothing is done].”
He further lamented how bodies of victims of such accidents are not treated with dignity.