Ghana explosion: At least 17 killed and dozens injured in mining truck crash blast which leaves huge crater

The blast caused widespread destruction, levelling hundreds of buildings

At least 17 people have been killed and 59 injured in a huge blast in Ghana after a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle, authorities say.

Footage from the scene showed a massive crater at the epicentre of the explosion, which reduced hundreds of buildings to piles of wood, rubble and twisted metal.

The explosion happened in the rural community of Apiate, near Bogoso, a mining town in the southwestern part of the country, around 188 miles (303km) from the capital Accra.

The truck had been on its way to the Chirano mine, which is run by the Canadian-based Kinross Gold Corporation.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo wrote on Twitter: “It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident, and I extend, on behalf of Government, deep condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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