Status: 01/21/2022 08:02 a.m
At least 17 people were killed and many injured when a truck loaded with explosives exploded in Ghana. A village near the city of Bogoso was apparently completely destroyed. The authorities assume an accident.
An explosion killed 17 and injured 59 in Ghana, West Africa. A truck loaded with explosives collided with a motorcycle and another vehicle near an electrical transformer, Ghana’s Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement. That accident triggered a massive blast that completely destroyed a town near the city of Bogoso, Nkrumah said. The truck was to be used in mining. Gold is mainly mined in the region.
500 buildings damaged
The police, army and national civil protection services are deployed to support the rescue work. According to the Ghanaian Civil Protection, 500 buildings are affected. The residents of surrounding towns were instructed to take in those seeking help and to provide schools and churches as accommodation.
Isaac Dasmani, the community leader of the affected district of Prestea Huni-Valley, told local media that “the whole place disappeared” after the explosion. “All the roofs were torn off, some buildings collapsed. Some people were in their rooms and were locked in,” he told Ghanaian TV station TV3.
The explosion left a huge crater. Pictures showed locals rushing to the scene of the accident. Rescue workers searched the rubble for survivors. A team of explosives experts from the police and army were on duty to “prevent a second explosion” and to take post-explosion safety measures, according to the government. According to the local police, the injured were taken to various hospitals in the region.
President Nana Akufo-Addo lamented “the loss of life and the destruction of property” on Twitter. The head of state of the West African country added: “It is a really sad, unfortunate and tragic incident”.
Again and again deadly explosions
Deadly explosions occur time and again in Ghana, mostly caused by accidents involving fuel transporters.
In 2017, at least three people were killed and dozens injured after a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in Accra.