Times Northern Regional Correspondent, 8 others involved in accident

The Northern Regional Correspondent of The Ghanaian Times, Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, and eight other journalists were involved in an accident in the Bole District of the Northern Region yesterday, when the bus they were travelling on veered off the road.

While Majeed broke his left arm, the other journalists on the hired bus with registration number NR 695-12, sustained various degrees of injury.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m., when they were covering the Environment, Science and Innovation Minister, Mr. Mahama Ayariga, on his two-day working visit to the region.

Narrating the incident to The Ghanaian Times, via telephone from the Bole District Hospital, where the injured were receiving treatment, a victim of the crash and the Northern Regional Correspondent of the Accra-based Citi FM, Abdul Karim Nantongma, said the bus veered off the road, after the driver lost control of the steering wheel.

Asked what might have caused it to veer off the road Mr. Nantongma couldn’t explain, but said “it is God who saved us because we all don’t know what happened”.

He said the team was travelling from the Cocoa Research Institute in the district to some mine fields where the minister was going to have first hand information of mining activities.

The Medical Officers at the hospital, Nantongma said, were monitoring the situation of Majeed and another Ghana News Agency (GNA) Correspondent, who suffered a broken head- the two most serious injuries, before determining the next step with them.

He said the Minister’s convoy, visited the hospital to empathise with them before proceeding with the official duty with the promise to return to the hospital to assess the crash.

By Julius Yao Petetsi    

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