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Official statistics have confirmed that 15 people died in the accident.

By Arison Tamfu

Sept. 6, 2013

Horror accident on Tiko-Douala road - Names of victims in this report

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Cameroon Journal, Buea, Sept. 6 - Mama Therese arrived Buea Regional Hospital Thursday September 5, in tears.


“What crime did I commit to deserve this? What is my fault?” She grieved over the lost of her son, looking at the lifeless body helplessly. The hospital premises was transformed into a mourning ground as over 9 corpses were moved to the mortuary. All of them died in a bloody accident along the Douala-Buea highway the previous day, Wednesday September 4.


“We have counted 13 corpses so far. Some were damaged beyond recognition. We have one survival but her condition is critical,” an official of the Buea Regional Hospital told CJ.


Official statistics have confirmed that 15 people died in the accident. Two other corpses have been deposited at Bonassama hospital in Douala.

“In addition to the two dead bodies, we also have four other people who survived the accident. They have been placed under intensive medical attention.” Said Dr. Mumfor Michael, an administrative staff of Bonassama Hospital.


The accident happened after a truck collided head-on with a 19-seater-bus along the Tiko-Douala highway precisely at Ayato locality. Fifteen passengers on board the bus lost their lives. There are conflicting reports of what caused the misfortune but it is widely speculated that it originated from reckless driving by the truck driver.


The accident was the first of its kind since the Douala-Buea highway was rehabilitated in part, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of reunification.


“ We have not seen this kind of bad luck for over seven months now. In fact there have been no cases of ghastly road accidents along this road since the start of January. From time to time passengers sustain minor injuries in not-too-serious accidents,” said Emmanuel Mbah, who has been plying the road for over 10 years.


The government has doubled road safety measures as a result of the accident.


“More road safety agents will be stationed along the high way to check speed and reckless driving. Police check points will also increase.” Said an official at the Buea Governor’s office.


Mourners who flooded Buea and Bonassama hospitals are hoping that the measures would be strictly followed.


“We hope that they will be serious this time around especially the police. We can not afford to witness this kind of accident again.” Said John Linwe, who lost a cousin in the accident.


Here are the names of the 15 victims identified by the Buea and Bonassama hospitals;

1 Kelvin Izumah

2 Paul Tembe

3 Edward Nformi

4 Vincent Ngala

5 Lucie Mokake

6 Moki Joel Tandong

7 Mah Rachel

8 Mesouk Ngah

9 Daniel KAH

Three other corpses have simply been identified as

10 Jackson

11 Tembe

12 Antoine

Three other corpses have not been identified. Hospital officials explained that identification of the corpses has been difficult because names of the passengers on board the 19-seater-bus were not recorded. The bus was operating clandestinely.