1 dead in 2 crashes on Elmina-Cape Coast road


One person is reported dead with five others injured in two separate but related road crashes on the Elmina-Cape Coast highway.

The two accidents closed the highway to traffic leaving passengers stranded for several hours.

The first accident was a head-on collision involving a Mercedes Benz salon car and a cargo truck, following a miscommunication between the two drivers.

The driver of the Mercedes Benz died instantly in the collision with the truck carrying coconuts.

According to reports, the truck driver had signaled the Benz driver who was overtaking to move back to his lane but he failed to do so and in the process rammed into the truck leaving it badly mangled.

The second accident which occurred about thirty minutes after the first, involved a cargo truck approaching Elmina from Takoradi. The truck rammed into a stationery taxicab.

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Whilst the Police and the Fire Service were working to get the body out of the mangled Benz, the driver of a truck carrying timber logs also failed to apply his brakes on time and crashed into a taxi which also crashed into another taxi.

The truck overturned and landed on a taxi with two passengers and the  driver in it.

The two passengers who suffered minor injuries were assisted out, but it took a while to get the badly injured driver out.

The injured were rushed to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital where the body of deceased has also been deposited.

District Commander of the Elmina Police, Superintendent Godfred Asare, confirmed the details of the two accidents to Citi News and noted that there was some negligence on the part of the cargo truck responsible for the second accident.

These accidents come barely a week after a collision between a Metro Mass Bus and a truck carrying tomatoes, left sixty-one dead and over 20 injured on the Kintampo-Tamale highway.

By Delali Adogla-Bessa/citimonline.com/Ghana

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