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General News of Saturday, 27 August 2016


Amissah-Arthur escapes accident; 4 injured

[L-R] The second car for the veep lying upside down in the bush and the saloon car that rammed it [L-R] The second car for the veep lying upside down in the bush and the saloon car that rammed it

Ghana’s vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has narrowly escaped an accident, which has left four persons, including journalists and presidential bodyguards injured.

A saloon car which failed to heed to the signal of the veep’s motorcade, crashed into one of the black SUV V8 vehicles causing it to summersault about four times before it rolled and landed upside down in a bush, TV3’s Komla Klutse reports The vehicle is the emergency car for the vice president, and is said to contain the guns and ammunitions of his security detail. It directly follows the one in which the veep sits.

The accident happened at Gomoa Adams, near Nsakyire junction on the Winneba – Cape Coast highway.

Two journalists from Radio Gold and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation together with some security details of the vice president were in that car at the time of the accident, Komla reports. “About four injured but not so severe. They had cuts in the arm. Some are complaining about bodily pains.

The driver was very tactful otherwise it would have been disastrous,” Komla who was part of the convoy reports.

How it happened

According to our correspondent, the veep was on his way to Dominase for the 20th anniversary of Nana Kwebu Ewusi, as well as to join the people for the celebration of the Akwambo Festival.

He reports a pick-up that was heading towards Accra from Mankesim area, refused to heed to the signal of the police motorcade to stop and veered into the lane of the vice president’s convoy.

According to Komla, the vice president’s vehicle managed to swerve the pick-up vehicle, noting that the unregistered Daewoo which had also defied the motorcade signal, crashed the second vehicle, which followed Mr Amissah-Arthur’s.

The pick-up driver, according to our correspondent, did not stop. The vice president was quickly surrounded by his security detail and within seconds, was moved away, our correspondent reports.