17 People Die And 500 Houses Destroyed As Truck Carrying Explosives Crashes Into Motorcycle

Hundreds of structures were reduced to piles of wood in the blast on Thursday in Apiate, a village between the cities of Bogoso and Bawdie, while videos from local media show wreckage and twisted metal, as well as dead bodies crumpled on the ground surrounded by debris.

According to police, the motorcyclist collided with a vehicle owned by Maxam that was bringing explosives to the Chirano gold mine, which is operated by Toronto-based Kinross Gold Corporation.

Kinross has confirmed the incident and said it was monitoring the situation and rescue efforts.

The drone footage of the aftermath of the explosion in Apiate-Bogoso, in the Western region of Ghana, hovers over the giant crater in the dirt road, as well as two large, demolished buildings. Rescue vehicles and onlookers mill around the scene.

Seji Saji Amedonu, deputy director-general of the National Disaster Management Organisation said around 500 buildings were destroyed and that rescue efforts were still underway.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said in a statement that is investigating the cause of the blast and whether the companies involved followed regulations covering transportation of explosives.

Survivors in critical condition were being taken to medical facilities in the capital Accra.

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