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20.12.2006 General News

Tipper Truck Runs Over Baby

By Daily Graphic
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A four month old baby boy was ran over by a tipper truck on Sunday night, when he fell from the back of his mother, who attempted to cross a road at Korle-Gonno, a suburb of Accra. The body of the mangled baby boy, Joe Gyesi Junior has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy. The driver of the Fiat tipper truck absconded after the accident is still at large.

The mother of the baby, Ms. Monica Adoma who in the process of trying to save her baby sustained injury, in recounting the incident said she was returning from a funeral near her house at about 7pm when she saw the truck coming from behind her at top speed.

She had her baby strapped at her back when she saw the truck approaching. She said in a haste to get off the road, her baby fell beside the gutter, a bit far from the road. “Before I could realise what was happening, the tipper truck had ran over my baby,” she said. An eye witness, Mr. Solomon Allotey said the vehicle was coming from the Korle-Gonno beach and was heading towards the Korle-Gonno Methodist church. He confirmed that the driver was driving at top speed and because of that he hit a block which was on the road because of ongoing construction works at the place.

Mr. Allotey said when this happened, the driver lost control of the truck, resulting in total confusion as pedestrians ran for dear life. He complained that ever since the road was upgraded, drivers had been over-speeding and expressed the fear that more children might suffer this kind of misfortune if speed ramps were not constructed. The station officer at the Korle-Bu, Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), Inspector Alexander Attram said the case was under investigation. He said the police was trying to trace the owner of the truck through the address pasted on the side of it. “If we find the owner of the truck he can help us to trace the whereabouts of the driver”, he said.

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