Two persons, including a police officer, were killed in two separate accidents last Saturday. Chief Inspector Emmanuel Martey, stationed at the Nima divisional police command, was said to have met his untimely death when a taxi he was traveling with got involved in an accident at the Awoshie junction, Accra, in the early hours of Saturday.
The second victim, identified as Nana Yaw, 43-year-old pedestrian, was
reportedly knocked down by a Metro Mass Transit bus in front of the Gloryland Hotel on the Kaneshie-Odorkor road, also in Accra.
Both bodies have been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
for preservation and autopsy.
An eyewitness account maintained that Chief Inspector Martey, who was recently transferred from the ministries police station to Nima, was on board a Hyundai Elantra taxi with registration number GN 2253-10, when a Mercedes Benz truck, purportedly loaded with pineapples, ran into the car. He died on the spot.
The pedestrian, according to an eyewitness, was crossing the road when the bus knocked him down, killing him on the spot.
Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, ASP Abdulai Mumuni, Odorkor divisional Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) Commander, said Chief Inspector Martey hired the services of the taxi, driven by one Albert Owusu Ansah, from Ablekuma towards the Nima police station at about 4am that fateful day.
Upon reaching the Awoshie junction, the amber traffic lights were on so he
decided to cross the road.
At the same time the tipper truck, driven by one Mishida Kpogo, was
speeding from the Mallam junction towards Abeka Lapaz, and rammed into the taxi.
Albert Owusu Ansah, the MTTD commander revealed, sustained serious injury and he is still at the Korle-Bu hospital receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, Kpogo is in police custody assisting in investigations.
In the second accident, Nana Yaw was said to be crossing the road
when the MMT bus, driven by Frank Ashong, and coming from Kasoa direction, knocked him down.
Ashong is also in custody assisting in investigations.
ASP Mumuni advised motorists to drive carefully when the amber lights
are on at intersections.
He also called on the authorities to fix the street lights on the Odorkor-Mallam road.
By Linda Tenyah Ayettey
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