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18.07.2002 General News

Tregedy on Accra-Kasoa Road

By Graphic (Mary Mensah)
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...One dies, 18 injured in accident One person died on the spot while 18 others sustained severe degrees of injury when the vehicle on which they were travelling collided with a tipper truck on the Accra-Kasoa road, near the Weija Lake side yesterday.

The driver of the tipper truck and his mate, who did not sustain any injury, bolted.

The injured have been admitted to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital while the body of the dead person has been deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital for autopsy.

The accident occurred when the tipper truck driver tried to overtake the vehicle in front of him and in the process collided with the Accra bound Benz bus.

According to Mr John Ashiawo, an eye witness, the accident occured when the bus with registration number GR 9245 P, from Kasoa to Accra and the tipper truck with registration number GR 8128 D from Accra to Kasoa collided at about 8:00 a.m. yesterday.

He said the driver of the bus tried to avoid the tipper truck which was travelling at top speed and when he tried to swerve to the middle of the road in order to prevent a head on collision, the right side of the bus graced the tipper truck.

He said the truck dragged the bus for a distance of about 50 metres before it came to a halt, and in the process the top and the right parts of the bus were completely ripped off.

He said passengers and other road users parked their vehicles to assist in the evacuation of the injured and the dead to the hospital. He said the driver and the mate of the bus were trapped in their vehicle and it took the people more than 30 minutes to rescue them.

At about 10:30 a.m. when a Graphic team got to the scene of the accident all the injured people had been conveyed to the hospital leaving the dead still lying by the side of the road covered with leaves.

The police were also at the scene directing the traffic that had built up as a result of the hold-up caused by the accident.

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