A driver of a KIA Rhino truck that crashed close to the Alajo Traffic Light area in the early hours of Monday has given a riveting account of what happened minutes before the accident.
Collins Yeboah did not think much of his Monday — same road, rush hour Monday where everyone travelled in straight lines to their various destinations.
Little did he know that he would soon be faced with a dilemma.
Minutes after the accident, Yeboah, who was seen sitting pensively on the side of the Alajo road surrounded by tomatoes from his truck, said he had to save the lives of the passengers by avoiding a collision with four vehicles ahead.
“My brakes failed, and just around the time, there were about four cars ahead of m. I had a tough decision to make – either save the lives of the passengers in my truck first or crash into the cars ahead,” which would have caused greater damage.
“So, I looked at my side (driver’s side) and realised there was space beside me, so I drove close to the pavement so I could slow the truck down but still couldn’t because of the speed. Then I thought of the cars ahead. Should I hit them what will happen? Eventually, I had to overturn the vehicle to avoid any casualties.
“I was in the vehicle with my mate and the owner of the tomatoes. We were coming from Dormaa Ahenkro. We left around 8:30 pm,” he recounted.
The truck emptied about 60 boxes of tomatoes, worth over GHC10K onto the road and blocked two lanes; one each on both sides of the road.
Young men were seen trying to pick what was left of the scattered tomatoes back into the boxes.
No casualty has been recorded as a result of the incident.
Meanwhile, police presence has been increased to control the traffic situation.
The police cautioned all road users to comply with the road traffic laws to avoid preventable road crashes and congestion.
A total of 2,924 lives were lost through road carnage in 2021. The figure was a 12.9% increase in deaths compared to the previous year, which recorded 2,589 deaths.
Some 15,680 persons suffered injuries in 2021 from 15,972 accidents. There were 1,106 more accidents and an increase of 163 more injuries compared to 2020.
Some major accidents over the period
- Six children dead in a ghastly car accident
On 13 May 2022, reports of the death of six school children, between ages four and 15, including three siblings, broke out.
They are said to have died after a car ran over them, killing them on the spot at Matamallam, a suburb of Krachi West Municipality of the Oti Region.
One other, Emmanuel Wasah, sustained injuries and was taken to the Kete Krachi Hospital.
The Toyota Saloon car, with registration number GR 2392-22, which knocked them down, was said to have encountered a mechanical fault.
Preliminary investigations revealed the children closed from the Matamallam D/A School and were walking home when the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into them.
- A road crash in February killed 17 passengers and injured 44 others early Wednesday, 3 February.
A police statement said the accident occurred when two passenger buses travelling in opposite directions collided head-on in a town near Buipe, a community along the Kumasi-Tamale highway.
Sixteen persons died on the spot, while one more died at a hospital where the injured were receiving treatment.
The deceased included 12 males, five females, and one child.
The accident involved two buses with registration numbers GT 3345-16 and AC 1699-20.
They were travelling from Kumasi to Zebila and from Garu to Kumasi, respectively, when they ran into each other.
- Nineteen people were reported dead within 12 hours after two bloody road accidents at separate locations.
Three fatalities were recorded in the Central Region and 16 in the Eastern Region on Friday, 26 February 2021.
Joy FM’s Alfred Amoh reported that a truck conveying mourners from Assin Nyankomase to Assin Misrenyame veered off the Assin Nyankomase-Assin Senchiem main road and somersaulted several times.
Three passengers died on the spot, and several others sustained severe injuries, including the driver.
- Earlier on the same day, at about 1 am, a head-on collision claimed 16 lives at Akim Asafo on the Accra-Kumasi Highway.
The accident involved two Kia Grandbird buses with registration numbers GT 5629-19 and GE 5510-15, one of which was a VIP bus.
According to reports, the people who died included the driver and mate of the VIP bus.
A total of 13 males and three females lost their lives.
- Three persons got burnt to death when the Mercedez Benz saloon vehicle they were travelling with was involved in an accident on the Spintex road in Accra.
However, one passenger from the Benz was rescued and is currently in critical condition at the LEKMA Hospital.
The driver of the Mercedez Benz vehicle reportedly ignored warning signals of an earlier accident on the road and ran into a 20 footer container that had fallen onto the street.
Police personnel was present at the scene directing traffic. They were supervising the removal of the container from the road when the second accident occurred and resulted in the death of the three persons.
The accident happened on Saturday, 20 March 2021.
- Five people died on the spot after an accident at Obretema in the Suhum Municipality involving a Mercedes Sprinter Bus.
They were travelling to Accra from Kumasi on the bus with registration number GW 7444 – 21 when the crash occurred at about 2:30 pm on Sunday, 12 April.
According to the police, one of the car tyres burst, causing the driver, 35-year-old Eric Ohemang, to lose control.
- Twelve people perished, while seven others sustained severe injuries after an accident on the Buipe-Tamale highway.
Eleven died on the spot, including an eight-year-old girl at Alipe in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.
A Toyota minibus with registration number AS 2872-20 veered off its lane and collided head-on with a DAF tipper truck with registration number NR 578 loaded with sand.
There were 18 persons on board travelling from Tamale to Kumasi.
The minibus driver was one of the people who died on the spot.
The crash occurred on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, at around 7:30 pm.
The accident occurred after a commercial vehicle (trotro) rammed into a faulty trailer parked in the middle of the road at about 4:30 am on Wednesday, 14 April.
According to eyewitnesses, the trailer driver failed to place any sign indicating that his vehicle had broken down.
The trotro driver, on top speed, could not see the stationary truck, which carried a number plate supposedly issued in the Republic of Togo, resulting in the crash.
The driver of the trotro and another occupant are reported dead.
The Ghana police and the Ambulance Service personnel were at the scene to rescue trapped occupants from the vehicle.
Three innocent persons died while three others battled for their lives after being knocked down by a car engaged in a racing competition at the 37 Lorry Station area in Accra. It was a Toyota Camry Salon car with registration number GR- 1708 -21 driving from the direction of the Accra Trade Fair and heading towards the 37 Roundabout, which lost control and crashed.
Together with a Mercedes Benz saloon car, the drivers defied road regulation and engaged in a competition within the high-security military zone where the Burma Camp is also located.
The incident occurred at about 8:30 pm on Wednesday, 14 April, the same day two persons lost their lives in an accident at Tesano in Accra, making it 17 deaths within two days.
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