2021 Asafo-Akyem bus crash

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2021 Asafo-Akyem bus crash
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Asafo-Akyem (Ghana)
DateFebruary 26, 2021;2 months ago (2021-02-26)
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Location Asafo-Akyem, Eastern Region, Ghana
Country Ghana
Incident type Head-on collision
Cause Reckless driving
Bus Kia Granbird

On 26 February 2021 at around 1:30 AM, two buses were involved in a head-on collision at Asafo-Akyem on the Accra-Kumasi highway in Ghana. [1] Nineteen people were confirmed dead, including both drivers. [2]



The bus heading from Accra to Kumasi was operated by 39-year-old Emmanuel Asante Opoku. The other bus involved was VIP branded and was heading to Accra from Sankore, the man operating the bus was 55-year-old Kofi George.


Police revealed that Emmanuel Opoku tried to overtake four trucks in a row and collided with the VIP bus head-on. Sixteen people died at the scene while several others were taken to hospital. [3] The number of confirmed deaths later rose to nineteen. [2]

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  2. 1 2 Folley, George (27 February 2021). "Police blame driver for Akyem Asafo fatal crash". graphic. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
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