20 students killed by tree at waterfall bathing pool

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

At least 20 high school students in Ghana died on Sunday (19 March) in a freak accident at the popular Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region.

Emergency workers have been trying to free the victims by cutting through the tree with chainsaws, according to the Ghana Starr News.

A storm was said to have caused a huge tree on top of the waterfall to drop down the ground of the fall where revelers were swimming.

Authorities said 22 other individuals are now being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.

Police and fire service personnel attended the scene.

Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander said almost 20 people have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated. "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident", tweeted Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday.

233livenews.com reported that some students of the University of Energy and Natural Resources were also involved in the accident.

Crowds of students and tourists were swimming at the popular Kintampo waterfalls, the highest waterfall in the country, when the accident happened.

Dr Bawumia was accompanied by Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, the Minister of National Security, Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister of the Interior and Madam Catherine Ablema Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.

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