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61 killed in Ghana crash

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:00 AM

ACCRA, Ghana (AP):

A head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in central Ghana killed 61 people in the deadliest road accident in recent memory, officials and witnesses said last Thursday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday night in the town of Kintampo, more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital, Accra, said Christopher Tawiah, a regional police spokesman.

Survivors were treated at the town's government hospital, Tawiah said.

On Twitter, President John Dramani Mahama expressed condolences to affected families and said emergency crews were responding.

Devastation

Bodies were strewn on the road in a scene of 'devastation' , said Fred Dwomoh, whose son survived. "This accident has shattered families" Dwomoh said by phone from Kintampo.

Relatives of some other passengers awaited news in the accident's aftermath.

Officials are investigating. Ghana's National Road Safety Commission reported that more than 1,600 people were killed in road accidents last year.