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17.04.2007 General News

Taxi ride for cow ends in tragedy

By The Ghanaian Times

It certainly could not be the best means of transporting a cow. But when the animal settled peacefully in the back seat of the taxi cab without a struggle at the beginning of the journey, both driver and his passenger believed they have had hit on an innovation of transporting the animal from Sunyani to Wenchi, both in the Brong Ahafo region.

The peaceful journey did not last long however. A few kilometres into the journey, the bull in the animal took the better half of it and it struggled to break free, rocking the cab violently.

By the time the cab, a Tico model, known in local parlance as “Akodaa” reached Chiraa, the center could no longer hold. The cab somersaulted throwing the owner away, but the cow remained on board.

According to an eyewitness, Richard Sanaky, an officer of the Retired Mines workers Foundation who was among the first to reach the scene, the cow got injured. Its owner on the front seat allegedly fled the scene. But the driver was not lucky, he died instantly.

According to Mr Sanaky, he was on his way to Wa in the Upper West Region when he saw the accident and captured the scene with his camera.

The eyewitness claimed that the accident attracted farmers from surrounding areas who helped to pull out the body of the driver from the wreckage.
When contacted the police said they were unaware of the accident.

Source: The Ghanaian Times