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08.11.2008 Tragedy

Truck Crushes 3•15 Injured

By Daily Guide
Truck Crushes 3•15 Injured

Three persons died on-the-spot while 15 others sustained various degrees of injury on Thursday when a Leyland truck loaded with fish ran over them at the Lyemylfen Company Limited, a cold-store near the Tema Pioneer Food Cannery, off the Fishing Harbour-Tema Newtown road.

According to Lydia Agbotui Deamesi, owner of the cold-store, the truck with registration number GT 6484 C, ran into her premises after it had killed the three persons, breaking her wall and destroying properties running into several thousands Ghana Cedis.

Mrs. Deamesi indicated that she was in her office when she heard a loud sound and therefore rushed out to find out what it was, only to see the truck approaching her cold-store after it had hit a billboard nearby. She said the truck ran straight into a portion of her office.

She disclosed that the deceased persons included a khebab seller and a 'space-to-space' operator while the third person's identity was not immediately known.

Mrs. Deamesi added that the driver of the truck could not be located but the incident was reported to the police.

According to another eyewitness, Alice Agyei, the truck had experienced a brake failure.

The Tema Harbour Police confirmed the incident and gave the number of the dead as three and the injured as 15. The police said the driver of the truck could not be found but the owner later came to the scene of the accident and was asked to report at the police station to help with investigations.

By the time DAILY GUIDE got to the scene the dead and the injured had been conveyed to an unknown hospital.

From Razak Mardorgyz Abubakar & Ken Yankah, Tema