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General News of Friday, 24 May 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Cargo truck falls on its side on Kwame Nkrumah interchange

The driver of the vehicle lost control of the truck because the load it was carrying was too heavy

A cargo truck has fallen on its side on the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange causing gridlock on that stretch.

The driver of the vehicle, whose name was not given was however brought out of the vehicle unhurt.

The vehicle was from the Ring road stretch and was headed towards Kaneshie when the accident occurred.

The Police and the Ghana Fire Service were at the scene to bring the situation under control.

Narrating the sequence of events to Citi News, an eyewitness said the cargo truck was carrying raw materials for the production of diapers and sanitary pads.

According to the eyewitness, the driver of the vehicle lost control of the truck, when trying to use the overpass, as the load was heavy hence making the steering of the truck difficult.

The truck fell on the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver was the only person in the vehicle.

The traffic situation at the Kwame Nkrumah circle interchange worsened as a result of the accident.

Traffic on the overpass was subsequently diverted.

“I heard a very loud sound on the bridge, I thought it was thunder. The sound was very loud and scary. So we got to the overhead and I saw the huge truck lying on its side…. The driver was the only one in the vehicle. The load was very heavy and it made the climbing difficult for the driver. It is unclear if the driver had been taken to the hospital, but he said he was okay.”

“I understand the truck was carrying raw materials for pampers and sanitary pads,” an eyewitness said.

This is not the first time such an incident had occurred on the stretch.

In March 2017, three persons were rushed to the hospital following injuries they sustained as a container truck fell off the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange.

The DAF truck with registration number GT 5557 – 11 carrying two containers loaded with bags of rice and sugar, was reported to be climbing the interchange from the Silver Cup end of the road when it tumbled through the railings with the head and one of the containers crashing down onto two stationary buses, flattening one and grazing the other.