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12.11.2007 General News

Cargo truck driver blames driver in Alan’s convoy


Mr Issahaku Abubakari, driver of the cargo truck involved in an accident with a Land Cruiser, one of seven cars in a convoy of NPP flagbearer aspirant Alan Kyerematen, has blamed the driver of the Land Cruiser for the accident.

Abubakari told newsmen that he was traveling to Kumasi with 180 bags of charcoal and on reaching a sharp curve at Amen Nkwanta, near Nkonsia, about six kilometers to Wenchi, he saw the leading vehicle of the convoy overtaking a TICO taxi cab so he parked but the Land Cruiser just crashed into his truck and somersaulted.

The accident on Sunday claimed the lives of two people; a woman identified as Hajia Abiba, who was the wife of the owner of the truck. She died on the spot, and Ibrahim Musah, driver of the Land Cruiser which was leading Alan Kyerematen's convoy.

Four persons, including Emmanuel Ameyaw, driver's mate on the truck, who sustained injuries, are on admission at the Holy Family hospital in Techiman.

A report by the Ghana News Agency said when newsmen went to the hospital on Monday to ascertain the injuries and other details of the victims, some people led by Mr Yaw Ntow Ababio, MP for Dormaa East prevented them from doing so amid insults and intimidation.

Chief Superintendent Osei Ampofo Duku, Wenchi Police Divisional Commander told the Ghana News Agency that the late Hajia Abiba was on the truck, which was loaded with charcoal.

He said the accident happened around 1430 hours as the Land Cruiser, with registration number GT 4155 V and with four occupants, was ascending a hill in a sharp curve whilst the Renault truck with registration number WR 8144 C and also with four occupants was on its way from Wenchi.

The Chief Superintendent said the police suspect one of the vehicles might have strayed into the lane of the other, adding, the impact of the crash was so great that the driver's side of the Land Cruiser was torn away.