Preliminary investigations by the Police found that Thursday’s blast at Appiatse in the Western Region was caused by a collision between a vehicle carrying mining explosives and a motorcycle.
The mining vehicle is said to have been moving from Tarkwa and heading towards Chirano mines.
“Preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.”
Earlier reports on social media platforms alleged the explosion that occurred between Bogoso and Bawdie was gas-related, but the Police, in its reports, says otherwise.
In a Facebook post, the Service noted that most of the victims have been rescued and admitted at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.
According to the Police, its personnel have taken charge of the situation, providing security to enable the emergency workers, including the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the National Ambulance Service, to manage the situation.
Meanwhile, residents in the affected area have been advised to move out to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.
The Police have also appealed to nearby towns to open up their classrooms and churches to accommodate the surviving victims.
Again, the Police are urging the public to remain calm as it manages the situation, adding that further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated “in due course.”