The PRO of National Ambulance Service, Mr. Simons Yussif Kewura, in an exclusive interview with Presspeep.com, has said that story making rounds that an ambulance conveying some victims of the Kintampo Waterfalls accident to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi has been involved in a fatal accident is false.
According to Mr. Kewura, “The reported ambulance was stationed at Chiripone in the Northern region. It was tasked to transport a patient from Tamale Teaching Hospital to Komfo Anokye in Kumasi and on its way to Kumasi, between Kintampo and Techiman, collided with an on-coming vehicle in an attempt to overtake another vehicle.
“I want to say emphatically that the reported ambulance has nothing to do with the Kintampo waterfalls disaster. Not at all!”
Giving account on the current state of the driver, he continued, “Currently, the driver of the reported ambulance who sustained injury, is responding to treatment at Holy Family Hospital. The media should cross-check facts like you (Presspeep.com) are doing before republishing a story they see – especially stories online or on social media.”
The fake accident reportedly occurred at about 4am on Tuesday when the ambulance driver attempted to carry out an overtaking but hit a stationary vehicle in front of him. Another vehicle then hit the ambulance from behind, re-slamming it against the stationary car. The driver of the ambulance died instantly, mynewsgh.com reported on Tuesday.
Students from the Wenchi Senior High School and other tourists were swimming in the base of the Kintampo Waterfalls when a big tree came crashing on them. Strong winds are said to have uprooted the tree from the ground.
Some of the students were killed instantly while others were trapped in the water, prompting rescuers to use chainsaws to cut through the trees in an effort to reach those trapped. The accident killed at least 19 people and left over 30 others injured.