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Regional News of Friday, 24 August 2007

Source: GNA

Tema Motor way accident claims one life

Tema, Aug. 24, GNA - A passenger died on the spot with his head and right shoulder crushed, when a Mercedes bus on which he was travelling from Accra to Tema, crashed on the Tema Motorway on Friday. Others on the bus sustained various degrees of injuries. The vehicle somersaulted and veered off the road when its rear left tyre burst.

Eye witnesses told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the deceased got trapped in the window in an attempt to jump out. A KIA mini-bus which was following the Mercedes bus ran into a ditch after the driver swerved to avoid collusion with the bigger vehicle.

District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Timothy Dassah of the Ashaiman Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) confirmed the death, stating that the injured had been sent to the Tema General Hospital. In an unrelated development, the Tema MTTU has impounded a Subaru Ibiza taxi cab, carrying two mini sacks of leaves suspected to be marijuana.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Prosper Amoah Ayisi of the Tema Regional MTTU, said officials of the Unit were on a routine traffic check on the Afienya road on Friday when they spotted the vehicle. He said the officers chased the cab to a nearby toll booth after the driver refused orders to stop. DSP Ayisi said on reaching the Afienya toll booth, the cabbie abandoned his vehicle and fled into the bush. He said police retrieved two sacks from the trunk of the taxi.

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