Ghana: Horrible accident on Kumasi-Accra road claim lives of three traditional rulers

By Ohemeng Tawiah reports from Nhyira Fm,Kumasi- Ghana – Three traditional rulers from Agona Kwamang in the Central Region of Ghana and a driver died on the spot when a taxi cab they were travelling in rammed into an abandoned articulator truck at Akyem Asafo near Apedwa on the Accra-Kumasi road.

The deceased have been identified as Nana Tobor-Kyidomhene, Nana Kwame Gyan- Abusuapanin and Nana Kwaku Mensah, Benkumhene.

The fourth chief, Dwaantoafohene who sustained serious injuries is on admission at the Suhum Government Hospital in the Eastern region.

Nhyira Fm’s Ohemeng Tawiah who chanced on the accident reports the deceased were travelling to Tepa in the Ashanti region to attend an engagement ceremony of a son of one of the chiefs.

Visibility was said to be poor as at 5: 45 a.m on Saturday blurring the sight of the driver of the taxi cab, ramming into an abandoned Burkinabe articulator truck which stood in the middle of the road.

The taxi cab with registration GR 7393-10 has been damaged beyond repair after it rammed into the abandoned Burkina Faso bound articulated truck with registration 10 KK 1599.

Though the road has been cleared to allow free traffic flow, the abandoned articulator truck has been left to its fate, posing danger to other road users-an indication that another accident can occur.

Five people died on 31st December 2010 when a metal container disembarked from a truck and fell on an Akyem Asafo-Suhum bound taxi cab. All the five occupants including the driver died on the spot.

Eastern Regional Commander for the Police Motor, Traffic and Transport Unit is unhappy absence of a recovery truck is thwarting efforts of the police to deal with abandoned and break-down heavy duty trucks on that section of the main Kumasi-Accra road.

Superintendent James Sarfo Peprah says road accidents involving abandoned articulator and other heavy duty trucks can be prevented only when there are such services available to prevent such avoidable accidents.