Veep’s convoy involved in accident… journalists, security detail injured

The accident vehicle.

The accident vehicle

The convoy of the Vice President, Mr. Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur was involved in an accident at Gomoa Antsadze along the Apam Junction -Mankessim stretch of the Accra-Cape Coast Highway in the Central Region on Saturday.

He was not hurt as his vehicle narrowly escaped what could have been a fatal accident but two members of his press corps and some security detail aboard the vehicle, which was  involved in the accident, sustained minor injuries.

The journalists; Nutor Bibini Nutor of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and Bernard Allotey of Radio Gold together with the security detail were conveyed by the accompanying ambulance for medical attention. They are said to be fine.

Mr. Stephen Anokye, the Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission, who confirmed the accident said the Vice President was on his way to Abeadze Dominase in the region to grace a durbar of chiefs and people of the area to climax the Ahobaa Kese Festival when it occurred.

The durbar was also to commemorate 20 years since the enstoolement of Daasebre Kwebu Ewusie VII, Paramount Chief of the Abeadze Traditional area who doubles as the president of the Central Regional House of Chiefs.

According to Mr. Anokye, at about 3:10 pm when the Vice President’s convoy reached a section of the road, about a Kilometre to the accident spot, a Daewoo Gentra X saloon car with a trade plate veered off its lane to the offside lane and hit one of the convoy vehicles.

He said convoy vehicle, a black Toyota Land cruiser with registration number V8 No GE 2935 -14 somersaulted and landed on its roof at the onside bush, injuring the journalists and the security detail aboard.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur, however, continued his journey to the durbar grounds.

The driver of the salon car, 27-year-old Clement Atsu, who was heading towards Apam from Mankessim, is in police custody for careless and inconsiderate driving and negligently causing harm. He would be prosecuted after ongoing investigations.

From Jonathan Donkor, Gomoa Antsadze


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