Driver of a Kia truck with registration number Gt 2519 W was killed on the spot Sunday morning when the truck burst a tyre and crashed into a ditch in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. The deceased and his mate were transporting building materials towards Navrongo direction when the accident occured at Yikene, a suburb of Bolgatanga.
Though the driver’s mate survived the accident, he sustained serious injuries and was taken to the regional hospital where the body of his master was also deposited in the morque.
A resident of a Yikene, Gregory Abasang witnessed the accident and narrated to this reporter that the truck burst a tyre, crashed into a tree, uprooted it before crashing into a ditch killing the driver instantly.
The eyewitness said he and others called the Ghana National Fire Service and some officers were dispatched to the scene. “The driver was trapped inside the car. It took us not less than two to three hours [to remove the body] from the car. The whole car is condemned.” He narrated.
He explained that close to where the truck landed was a head of sand which impeded the fire service vehicle from gaining easy access. According to him, he had to run to his to bring shovels which were then used to clear the sand before a way was paved for the fire service vehicle to gain access to the accident truck.
Mr. Asabang said personnel of the service had it it though before they were able cut through the mangled truck before rescuing the mate and pulling out the body of his master whose name could not be immediately made known.
“But to be honest with you, my brother. Fire Service, the men are ready to work but the machines to use to work are not there. Because what happened was that, to cut the body of the car to remove the victims either dead or alive was very difficult. They have nothing than to use the big thing that the use to push walls down and other things to be able to lift the car and all that. At least, there should have been something within the fire service vehicle that they can be able to at least, cut the car part to remove the body or to remove the person inside the car. The service men did their best but they didn’t have the machines.
Source: The Chronicle|Ghana|William Nlanjerbor JALULAH