• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Appietse Explosion: Transport of explosives was properly done procedurally – Police

The Ghana Police Service has stated that the explosives were transported properly in the aftermath of the explosion at Appiatse near Bogoso in the Western Region.

ACP Kwasi Ofori, Director General of the Police Service’s Public Affairs Directorate, told journalists on Friday, January 21, that police escort was involved in the procedure.

“I’d like to use this opportunity to say that the truck driver is doing well. The man on the motorcycle is responding to treatment, and the driver, knowing what he was carrying, was a valuable asset to the community. He went to the school, notified the teachers of the impending danger, and the children were promptly evacuated away from this area to a more secure location.

“He also told the majority of the residents, including the motor rider, that they needed to go.” However, due to the explosion’s radius, 13 people perished, 36 people were injured, and 96 people with various cuts were treated and released,” he said.

“Let me say that the transit of the explosives was properly done procedurally, and that there was a Police escort,” he continued. The police escort aided the driver in ensuring that members of the public were aware.

“The policeman was among those who arrived at the school to kidnap the students. He was in the escort car when the incident occurred, and their escort vehicle was also used to transport the injured.”

ACP Kwesi Ofori also stated that the number of individuals killed so far in the Appietse explosion is thirteen, not the seventeen previously reported.

“They were misreported as dead, but when they were escorted to the hospital, the medical personnel certified that they were not clinically dead, so they were hospitalized and treatment is underway,” he said. So it’s 13, and that’s something we need keep in mind.”

Following the incident on Thursday, January 20, the police stated that a mining explosive vehicle traveling from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle, resulting in the explosion.

“In response to our earlier emergency public notification, the police have assumed command of the situation and are providing protection to allow emergency personnel such as the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO, and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.”

“While recovery activities are underway, the public has been warned to migrate out of the region to other towns for their safety.”

A request has also been made to adjacent communities to make classrooms, churches, and other facilities available to surviving victims.

“In the meantime, preliminary inquiry has revealed that a mining explosive vehicle traveling from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle, causing the explosion. The majority of the victims have been rescued and are being treated at Bogoso Municipality hospitals and clinics.

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