Many people in Apiatsi are feared dead after an explosion swept through the community. Apiatsi is a suburb of Bogoso in the Prestea Huni Valley Municipality.
There was a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle which caused the explosion. The vehicle is suspected to be carrying a container with what is suspected to be mining explosives, an eyewitness recounted.
Few minutes after the collision, the vehicle carrying the container exploded affecting the whole community. An unknow number of people are feared to be dead as investigations are still ongoing.
Preliminary investigations by the Police has established that a mining explosive vehicle from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with the motorcycle causing the explosion.
“The Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.”
The Police have advised the public to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.
““The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.”
“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.
“Reinforcement of resources and personnel have been deployed to effectively handle the incident. We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation. Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course,” the Police in a statement said.
The Police and other emergency service providers have taken over the scene and are doing everything possible to help the community.