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General News | Jul 7, 2004

Train Crash Beggar To Death

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Kumasi --A visually impaired beggar, believed be to in his 50s, died instantly, when he was knocked down by a train on the rail line at the Kumasi Central Market area on Monday.

The identity of the deceased was yet to be known as at press time.

A little boy was escorting the beggar when the train hit him.

The severed body of the deceased has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for autopsy.

Briefing the Graphic about the accident in Kumasi yesterday, the acting Ashanti Regional Area Manager of the Ghana Railways Company, Mr Jonathan Sam, said the train was in the process of combining a number of coaches in preparation to embark on a journey when the accident occurred.

According to him both the small boy and the man emerged on the rail line when the train approached.

He said hawkers and other bystanders started shouting to get the two away from the rail line but the small boy jumped from the rail line leaving the blind man to his fate.

Mr Sam said that the train driver did his best but could not save the situation.

He reiterated the need for members of the public to keep off the rail lines, saying, “it is not safe to stay close or use the lines as paths

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