One dead, 10 injured as Yutong bus plunges into ditch on the Tema Motorway

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A Yutong bus ran into a ditch on the Tema Motorway at dawn yesterday, leading to the death of one person while 10 others sustained various degrees of injury.

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The bus, which was carryng goods and passengers from Aflao to Accra, is said to have skidded off the Motorway and landed into a ditch near a bridge.
The police said the 10 passengers were seriously injured in the accident and are on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the Tema General Hospital.

Police informed
Confirming the incident to the Daily Graphic, the Commander of the Ashiaman office of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Chief Inspector Stephen Kojo Tetteh, said the police received a phone call about 1:30 a.m. yesterday that a Yutong bus had fallen into a ditch on the motorway.
When the personnel of the MTTD arrived at the seen, he said,  “We saw the Yutong bus, with registration number GE 875 Z, in the ditch and the victims in critical conditions”.

He said the 11 people, including the driver of the bus, were rushed to the Tema General Hospital, “but one of them was pronounced dead at the hospital”.

Cause of Accident
Mr Tetteh said the police were unable to identify the cause of the accident, which occurred close to the tollbooth at the Tema side of the motorway.
“We cannot tell the cause of the accident. As of now, we do not know what actually happened,” the Ashiaman  MTTD Commander said.
However, he explained that the bus veered off the road  for about 100 metres before it fell into the ditch.
“The driver is on admission at the Tema General Hospital, along with the other victims, but he cannot talk, neither can the other passengers,” he said.
He said the police had since offloaded the goods and the personal effects of the passengers on the bus to the Ashiaman MTTD Divisional Office.
The bus is, however, yet to be towed from the ditch.
The development resulted in a traffic jam on the motorway in the early hours of Sunday.

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