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09.12.2009 Tragedy

Santa Maria Accident : Low Loader Driver Is Dead

By Daily Graphic
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The driver of the low-loader vehicle which crashed into a storey building at Santa Maria last Sunday night is reported to have died of his injuries.

The 50-year-old Kofi Kaya, who the police said hailed from the Ajumako area in the Central Region, reportedly died at 9:30 a.m. last Monday, a day after the accident.

His death brings to two the number of people who have lost their lives in that crash. The other deceased was 25-year-old Paul Akadaana, a kebab seller who operated his kebab joint at the spot where the accident occurred and who died at 3:00 a.m. last Monday.

The Commander of the Odorkor Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, ASP Felix Toya, said two other victims who sustained serious injuries were still in hospital but two others had been treated and discharged.

ASP Toya said among the two people who were still on admission was the driver’s mate, whose name he could not readily provide.

After the long vehicle which was carrying a caterpillar grader crashed into the storey building on Sunday night, eyewitnesses told the Daily Graphic that the now deceased persons had their legs severed in addition to other injuries.

When the Daily Graphic team got to the crash scene around 8.30 am on Monday, the vehicle, with registration number GT 857 W, had its front part stuck in the first floor of the building which housed a number of stores. Close to it was a blue-black BMW saloon car with registration number GW2252 T, which was also badly damaged.

ASP Toya, in an earlier interview, said the driver’s mate, whose condition had stabilised, told the police that the vehicle suffered a brake failure.

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