One dead in fuel tanker accident on Tema Motorway
A fuel tanker crashed into two passenger vehicles leaving one person dead and several others injured.
The Tema-bound fuel tanker, according to eyewitnesses, veered off the road to the Accra-bound lane of the Tema Motorway and rammed into two oncoming vehicles.
The tanker driver lost control while attempting to dodge a vehicle that had suddenly exited another road onto the motorway, a few meters from the Ashiaman overhead bridge.
The incident occurred on Friday, June 4,
“It was drizzling when we were coming, so I decided to slow down. Just after I passed the overhead bridge, I saw the trailer, and it looked like it was trying to turn around, and just before I could blink an eyelid, the trailer had crossed the median of the road into our lane….”
“So, I dodged it, but the vehicle behind me couldn’t dodge it and clashed with it,” the driver of one of the two passenger cars involved in the accident narrated.
Eyewitnesses say that other road users tried to reach the Ghana National Fire Service rescue team for more than two hours but were unsuccessful.
“We were here around 5:30 am when the accident happened, and we tried to call the GNFS, but they were not responding, so we decided to help rescue the victims. The driver and the two passengers in the front seats of the Toyota Hiace were deeply injured, but the one who died wouldn’t have died if the fire service got here on time…he bled for close to two hours,” eyewitnesses said.
The victims were sent to the Tema General Hospital.
One person was pronounced dead on arrival, and three others were in critical condition.
Others who suffered from minor injuries were treated and discharged.
What is the trend for road traffic crashes?
A total of 2,589 lives were lost to road crashes in 2020, the highest since 1991, according to data from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) NRSA.
This figure represents a 13% rise compared to the 2,284 registered in 2019.
It was also consistent with high fatalities associated with election years as citizens hit the polls in December 2020.
The first quarter of 2021 has already posted 771 fatalities, an increase of almost 50% within the same period in 2020.
This figure also exceeds COVID-19 deaths at the peak of the pandemic in 2020.
To put it in perspective, close to nine people die daily.
Looking at the bigger picture, a total of 51,157 people have been killed in road accidents since 1991.
Some major accidents in 2021
- A road crash in February killed 17 passengers and injured 44 others early Wednesday, February 3. A police statement said the accident occurred when two passenger buses travelling opposite directions collided head-on at 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, February 26, 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 serious injuries, including the driver.
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 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 run into a 20 footer container that had fallen onto the road.
Police personnel were 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, March 20, 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, April 12.
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 serious 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 driver of the minibus was one of the people who died on the spot.
The crash occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 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, April 14.
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 Togolese number plate, resulting in the crash.
The driver of the trotro and another occupant are reported dead.
Personnel from the Ghana police and the Ambulance Service were at the scene to rescue trapped occupants from the vehicle.
- Three Pedestrians Killed In Car Racing Near Burma CampThree innocent persons died while three others are battling for survival after they were knocked down by a car engaged in a racing competition at the 37 Lorry Station area in Accra. They were killed by an overspeeding Toyota Camry Salon car with registration number GR- 1708 -21 driving from the Trade Fair direction 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, April 14, the same day two persons lost their lives in an accident at Tesano in Accra, making it 17 deaths within two days.