Passengers stranded on Samproso road

Stranded 222An articulated-truck loaded with timber log was involved in an accident blocking the road at Samproso near Abofour in the Ashanti to Region, leaving commuters stranded for more than 10 hours.

Some passengers took a nap in the vehicle, while others spread their clothes and lay on the street as efforts were made to clear the road.

The road accident occurred at about 7p. m. on Thursday, and the articulated truck was cleared off the road after 5:30 a. m. yesterday (Friday) by the Ghana Fire Service towing vehicle.

The driver and other occupants of the articulated truck escaped unhurt.

An eye-witness told this reporter, who was among the stranded commuters, that the brakes might have failed the driver, resulting into the accident.

Some drivers travelling from Accra to the north who heard about the road blockade while in Kumasi, took a detour through Sunyani to link up at Techiman.

Among the stranded commuters were some supporters of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, who were travelling from Accra to Tamale to watch the Black Stars – Uganda 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The road crash resulted in a long queue of vehicles on the Offinso-Abofour stretch of the Kumasi – Techiman Road.

Sachet water ran out in the town, and to Auntie Esther, it was a brisk business for her, having to fry yam for sale to the stranded commuters throughout the night till day break.

Peter Addah, who was traveling from Accra to Navrongo, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, expressed the need to speed up work on the eastern corridor road to create alternative route to the north from Accra.

Another stranded passengers, who declined to be named, said it was high time the government revamped the rail system as alternative means of transport to decongest the road transport system.


From Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, Samproso


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