Three Law students of the Central University at Miotso, near Dawhenya, died on the spot when their saloon car collided with a tipper truck.
The accident occurred on the Dawhenya-Aflao highway about 8 p.m. last Tuesday.
Two others, the driver and the mate of the tipper truck, who were rushed to a clinic at Prampram and the Tema General Hospital, respectively, are said to be responding to treatment. The identities of the deceased, who were believed to be students of the Law Faculty of the university, have been given as Sedem Hodo, Nana Kofi Asare and Boison Kobby Junior. They were said to be between the ages of 21 and 24.
The saloon car, a VW Passat, with registration number ER 228-14 and carrying four male passengers, was heading towards the Central University, while the Benz tipper truck, with registration number GR 9697 X and loaded with sand, was heading towards Dawhenya from the Aflao direction.
The impact of the crash damaged the saloon car beyond repairs. The roof of the vehicle was ripped off, while the belongings of the students were scattered at the scene of the accident.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ms Juliana Obeng, who confirmed the accident, said preliminary investigations indicated that the saloon car was trying to overtake another vehicle when it ran into the tipper truck.
She said the tipper truck driver was admitted at a clinic at Prampram, while his mate was rushed to the Tema General Hospital.
The PRO said the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the Police Hospital in Accra, adding that the police had started investigations into the accident.
State of mourning
Meanwhile, the Miotso campus of the Central University was thrown into a state of shock after news of the death of the students reached their colleagues.
A number of the students were clad in black and red outfits when the Daily Graphic visited the campus on Wednesday. A cross-section of the students who spoke to the Daily Graphic expressed shock at the death of their mates.
“We are very sad. This is not the first time such a tragedy has hit us. We are, indeed, pained by their demise. As you can see, the entire campus has been thrown into a state of mourning,” one of the students said.
The student leaders were unavailable for comment at the time of filing this report, as they were said to be in a meeting.
This is the second time such a tragedy has occurred at the university in recent times. In March 2014, one student died in a similar road crash involving the university’s bus and a BMW vehicle near the Kpone Police Barrier.
The bus was conveying members of the university’s SRC to the campus when the crash occurred.
Source: Daily Graphic
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