General News of Friday, 14 March 2014
A rescue team managed to free a student trapped in a wreckage after a horrific accident on the N1 Highway at Dzorwulu in Accra.
It took three hours in desperate rescue efforts.
Onlookers stood shocked, rescue team gazed helplessly, clueless and racked their brains on how to free the University of Ghana student who was growing weaker and weaker with faint but desperate wails for help.
Two others initially trapped had been rescued and rushed to a hospital.
The freed student was not severely injured physically except a few bruises on his hands and legs.
But he told rescue officers he was feeling pain in his waist area -- when he was being whisked away in an ambulance.
The DAF trailer had trapped him for more than 3 hours.
The accident happened at around 4:00 a.m Friday morning
The DAF trailer carrying bags of cement slammed into the rear of a Toyota Corolla after the saloon car tried to overtake it.
The trailer pushed it off the road, crashed it into the metal railings on the N1 Highway at Dzorwulu, and continued its destructive impact until a street lamp stomached the wreckage to a stop.
Rescue efforts hit a snag due to what appeared to be a lack of ideas on how to move the trailer from the saloon car.
But rescue officers and onlookers kept the trapped student talking in a bid to get him from slipping away.
The driver of the trailer, Charles Otchere, is unhurt and told myjoyonline reporter George Nyavor, he lost control of the steering wheel.
The rescue team asked onlookers to help offload the cement bags to lighten the weight of the trailer. An excavator was used to separate the two vehicles in an effort to rescue the man trapped in the saloon car.