Falling tree kills 18 students at Kintampo waterfall in Ghana

At least 18 people were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming in at the base of a waterfall in Ghana, crushing people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot, police said.

The waterfall, near the town of Kintampo, was busy with weekend daytrippers, many of them students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, when the freak accident struck on Sunday.

The victims were on an excursion.

A further 20 people were being treated in hospital, Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander, told Reuters.

Bodies of the students have reportedly been deposited at the Kintampo Municipal Hospital’s morgue.

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