16 die in head-on bus collision in Ghana

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CHRIS STEIN Cars are blocked on February 13, 2013 in Accra during rush hour. In Ghana, home to a booming economy based on exports of gold, cocoa and oil, the number of vehicles per thousand people went from 21 in 2003 to 30 in 2009 , according to World Bank statistics. If you own a mobile phone and spend sunrise to sundown watching the traffic pass in Ghana's capital, then Iddrisu Mohammed wants you to be his spy. With an iPad in his hands and two phones in his pants pockets, Mohammed crisscrosses Accra on foot, looking for people to become informants for Jamless, a recently launched traffic information service that hopes to restore a little sanity to the capital's hectic commute. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS STEIN (Photo credit should read Chris Stein/AFP/Getty Images)
File photo shows a busy street with heavy traffic in Ghana’s capital Accra. Road accidents are common in the country. A bus crash Friday killed 16. (Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

At least 16 people were killed when two buses collided head-on in Ghana early Friday, a local official said.

A number of passengers were also seriously injured in the collision, which happened at around 1:30 a.m. local time on the Accra-Kumasi highway, Acting Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command Francis Gomado told local media.

It was not clear how many passengers the two KIA Granbird buses were carrying.

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