Some residents of Kyekyewere, a community on the Nsawam- Suhum stretch of the Accra – Kumasi Road, last Friday threw caution to the wind when they rushed to the road side to scoop spilt fuel from a fallen tanker.
Ghanaian Times spotted some of the residents of the area, mainly young men, women and children, holding receptacles daring to scoop fuel.
The Ghanaian Times captured the scene while en route to Kumasi last Friday at about 4:00 p.m. shortly after the accident occurred.
This comes barely a week after similar accident reportedly occurred at Lepusi in the Nanumba North Municipality of the Northern Region, and residents of the area massed up at the accident scene ostensibly to collect fuel.
The timely arrival of a team of police personnel cordon off the accident scene to provide cover for fire fighters from the Ghana National Fire Service to spray water on the tanker carrying petroleum products to prevent an inferno.
The road crash involving the tanker created a traffic gridlock on the busy Accra- Kumasi road, as police personnel slowed down the traffic to allow the fire fighters control the spillage.
The Ghanaian Times gathered that the tanker was from Accra heading towards Kumasi when the accident ensued.
It is a common practice for residents along the road to rush to accident scenes involving fuel tankers, putting their lives at risk.
Though there were no fire explosions from the recent fallen tankers, people had reportedly perished in blazing fires as they rushed to scoop fuel from road crashes involving fuel tankers from other countries, notably Nigeria.
FROM SALIFU ABDUL-RAHAMAN, KYEKYEWERE