At least 17 dead, dozens injured after explosion in western Ghana | CBC News


At the least 17 folks have been killed and dozens extra injured when a automobile carrying mining explosives blew up after colliding with a bike in western Ghana, officers stated Friday.

The crash occurred Thursday in Apiate, close to Bogoso, a mining city within the Prestea-Huni Valley district, the district’s municipal chief government Isaac Dsamani stated. The automobile was carrying explosives to the Chirano gold mine within the Western Area, he stated.

“We’ve despatched 57 casualties to close by well being centres,” Prosper Baah, performing regional head of the Nationwide Ambulance Service, stated. Many individuals have been injured as they tried to get to the scene of the accident and have been caught within the explosion, he stated.

Large harm to village of Apiate

The explosion brought on huge harm to the village of Apiate, with a inhabitants of about 500, he stated. “It’s a very unhappy scenario,” he stated.

Residents stand in entrance of homes and different buildings that have been destroyed when a automobile carrying mining explosives detonated alongside a highway in Apiate. (Francis Kokoroko/Reuters)

Video from the scene circulating on social media exhibits properties decreased to items of wooden and a large crater within the earth the place the explosion happened.

“It’s a actually unhappy, unlucky and tragic incident,” Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated in a tweet, providing “deep condolences to the households of the deceased, and I want the injured a speedy restoration.”

The Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Group is co-ordinating efforts to help residents of the city, he stated.

Preliminary studies advised a minimum of 17 folks died on account of the explosion, whereas dozens extra have been injured. (Francis Kokoroko/Reuters)

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