Motor rider dies in crash with truck in Achimota

A motor rider who failed to stop after police signaled him ended up crashing to death at Achimota in Accra on Wednesday.

The rider, yet to be identified, riding an unregistered motor was said to have rammed into a truck when he was being pursued by the policeman (name withheld).

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge told the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

She said on Wednesday at about 12:30 pm a rider who was on an unregistered Haojue motorcycle reportedly crashed with a Jac truck at Muus on the Achimota-Ofankor highway in Accra after he was pursued by a policeman on duty at the Neoplan station for failing to stop when signaled.

DSP Tenge said the policeman was subsequently attacked by a mob but was rescued.

The accident victim and the policeman were rushed to the Achimota Hospital for medical attention but the motor rider was pronounced dead on arrival.

DSP Tenge stated that the policeman sustained injuries from the mob attack and received treatment at the hospital.

She stated that some aggrieved youth numbering about 150 later besieged the Achimota Hospital in an attempt to attack both the hospital staff and the policeman.

The police PRO stated that the crowd  pelted stones and other implements damaging the back screens of two police vehicles and other properties around, adding that reinforcement was requested to assist the police and they were able to disperse the crowd and brought  the situation under control.

The accident which led to the death of the rider is being investigated by the police.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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