Dancehall sensation Ebony Reigns together with her friend and bodyguard died last Thursday night after the Jeep they were travelling with collided with a VIP bus at Nyamebekyere near Mankranso on the Sunyani-Kumasi Highway.
Out of the four people in Ebony’s car, only her driver, Chartay Oko, survived giving account of what really happened that took the life of the dancehall queen.
But the story of the driver as to how the gory accident which claimed Ebony and her friend’s life occurred has come under serious scrutiny following the latest eyewitness account of the incident.
In an interview on his hospital bed, Chartey Oko gave account of events leading to the tragedy;
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“A sprinter bus overtook a car and was coming towards us with headlight very high, so I had to give way for the Sprinter. After giving way to the oncoming Sprinter, I came upon a heap of sand which slid the Jeep into the path of the oncoming VIP bus” Chartay Oko stated.
But according to an eyewitness, Owusu Bernard who was on board the VIP bus which collided with Ebony’s car, the driver of the jeep in which they were travelling with was nowhere to be found when passengers in the VIP bus came around to rescue them.
“We managed to get out of our bus and run to the rescue of the passengers in the Jeep. With the help of two ropes, we turned it over onto its wheels and found only 3(THREE) BODIES IN THE CAR. A SOLDIER IN A UNIFORM AT THE FRONT, TWO FEMALES AT THE BACK AND NO DRIVER. AND I REPEAT “NO DRIVER” IN THE CAR.
We assume he might be in the bush so let’s look for him with help of torchlights. I heard someone saying is this the bus driver, when he saw a man bleeding by the side of the road. We approached him and asked are you the Jeep driver? he answered yes and he was on his feet when we saw him. As to how he got out of the car, none of us who were there to do the rescue knows about it and only the surviving Driver can tell.”
READ THE FULL VERSION OF BERNARD OWUSU’S ACCOUNT OF HOW THE ACCIDENT REALLY HAPPENED
This is how the accident that took the life of the late Ebony Reigns occurred on the night of February 8, 2018. It was around 10:24 pm when I heard our VIP bus with registration number GT 3273 -17 shouting in a local dialect “Nkwasiasem ben na driver yi redi yi? meaning what kind of a foolish thing is this driver doing after he saw him overspeeding and missing his lane driving into ours. The driver of the Jeep was driving at top speed from Sunyani to Kumasi, upon reaching Mankranso junction,he came face to face with the chippings on the road,there was a heap of chippings which I’m told has been there for something now due to the slow pace at which the contractor is repairing the road with.
He veered off his lane ie from Sunyani to Kumasi road into that of the bus ie Kumasi to Sunyani road in order to dodge the heap of chippings and that was where our driver made such pronouncement I stated earlier. The VIP bus driver saw the impending danger and decided to leave our lane and give space for the Jeep to pass to avoid a collision. Things didn’t go well for Ebony’s driver as there’s a big pothole ‘that almost covers the full stretch of the road’ which his car run into and lost the right front tyre due to the kind of speed he was driving at. At this point, the Jeep bumped from the pothole and collided with the passenger side of the VIP bus.
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The Jeep summersaults into the bush glory be to God the bus driver keeps a stiff hold of the steering until he stops by the side of the road at Mankranso to prevent us also from crashing. The screen of the VIP clashes, springs into the bus and gives some bruises on face of the conductor. I had a little cut on my left foot as well. We managed to get out of our bus and run to the rescue of the passengers in the Jeep. With the help of two ropes, we turned it over onto its wheels and found only 3(THREE) BODIES IN THE CAR. A SOLDIER IN A UNIFORM AT THE FRONT, TWO FEMALES AT THE BACK AND NO DRIVER. AND I REPEAT “NO DRIVER” IN THE CAR.
We assume he might be in the bush so let’s look for him with help of torchlight. I heard someone saying is this the bus driver, when he saw a man bleeding by the side of the road. We approached him and asked are you the Jeep driver?he answered yes and he was on his feet when we saw him. As to how he got out of the car, none of us who were there to do the rescue knows about it and only the surviving Driver can tell. I told Ebony’s driver to lie on the road so he slows down bleeding, he did and many questions started coming from onlookers but answers were not forthcoming so with secured a car to take him to the hospital.He couldn’t tell us Ebony was in the car.
Various calls were made to the fire service, police and ambulance for help and they came EF. Till then none of us knew who those three dead passengers were even as I touched their pulse to check if I could find them alive. Few minutes after the police and the other rescue team arrived, two big trucks drove into each other at the same accident scene we were standing. This will be around 12 am in the morning. We had to run for shelter as it wasn’t safe there anymore.