On Thursday, January 20, 2022, residents of Apiate near Bogoso in the Western Region suffered a tragedy when hundreds of people were killed in a gas explosion.
After the news spread, the Ghana Police Service started a preliminary inquiry into the cause of the explosion, concluding that Thursday’s explosion at Appiatse in the Western Region was caused by a collision between a mining explosive devices vehicle and a motorcycle.
According to reports, the mining van was travelling from Tarkwa to the Chirano mines when it collided with a motorcycle on a stretch of the Bogoso road.
“A preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle travelling from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle, resulting in the explosion,” they stated.
Emergency Public Notice!
A huge explosion occurred this afternoon, Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Apiate between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region. Read more from the link below.https://t.co/iQuZHMQOr3 pic.twitter.com/F9Jo9zRcf7
— Ghana Police Service (@GhPoliceService) January 20, 2022
The Service stated on their social media handles that, majority of the patients have been evacuated and are being treated at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.
Additionally, it stated that its personnel have seized command of the situation, providing security to enable emergency responders, including the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), and the National Ambulance Service, to manage it.