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31.05.2007 General News

African Civet Causes Accident

African Civet Causes Accident

The desire for game by the driver of a Nissan Urvan bus caused injury to 15 people last Monday when his vehicle was hit from behind by another vehicle on the outskirts of Akyem Asuboa, near Oda in the Eastern Region.

The driver, Larbi Acheampong, driving the vehicle with registration number ER 2461 V, was reported by the police to have reversed in an attempt to pick an African civet he had hit on the road when the other vehicle ran into it, resulting in serious injuries to passengers in both vehicles.

Briefing the Daily Graphic at Oda, the Oda Divisional Police Commander, Mr Ben Atadana, said around 5.00 a.m. last Monday, Acheampong was driving from Koforidua to Oda and on reaching the outskirts of Asuboa, the civet, which was crossing the road from the nearby forest, was hit and killed by the vehicle.

According to Mr Atadana, in an effort to pick the game, Acheampong reversed into another Urvan bus, with registration number ER 5561 P and driven by Mohammed Gibrine.

It was carrying passengers from the direction of Agona Swedru and was moving towards Oda.

He said Gibrine's vehicle somersaulted several times and that the impact of the collision of the two vehicles was so great that 15 passengers in both vehicles sustained various degrees of injury.

Mr Atadana said the injured persons were rushed to the Oda Government Hospital where some of them were admitted, while the rest were treated and discharged.

Meanwhile, the drivers of both vehicles are helping the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service at Oda in its enquiries into the accident.

Story by Samuel Kyei- Boateng