18 people crushed to death by tree

21 March, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • 18 people crushed to death by tree

Most of the victims were reportedly students from a local high school, while Ghanaian tourists were also at the site when the incident occurred.

"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers".

The incident is the most catastrophic domestic tourism accident in Ghana in the last few years.

18 persons have been confirmed dead by Chief Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, Kintampo Police Divisional Commander.

Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku expressed sympathies to the families of the victims and said the injured are at local hospitals.

The students were swimming at the Kintampo waterfalls in the central Brong-Ahafo region during a storm when the accident happened yesterday.

Some of the injured tourists are receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The waterfall, located near the town of Kintampo, was extremely busy with weekend day trippers.

The broadcaster said rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath.

Nana Addo tweeted saying that "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident".

Wenchi MP Professor George Gyan-Baffour has said the number of casualties involved in the Kintampo Waterfalls is shocking and mind boggling.

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