Train crashes into articulated truck at Nkontompo

A train loaded with manganese on Tuesday evening crashed into an articulated truck at Nkontompo, near the Effia  Nkwanta Regional  Hospital, in the  Sekondi- Takoradi metropolis of the Western Region.

The accident occurred when the DAF articulated truck belonging to Mississippi  Top  Ventures, carrying  cement, allegedly ignored  warnings to give way to the train.

The trailer of the truck, according to eyewitnesses, caught fire, but the fire team saved the situation.

The driver of the truck, Hamidu Zulkifilu, and the driver’s mate, Nicholas Adjei, who escaped unhurt, have been arrested and are assisting the marine police in  investigations.

Briefing Ghanaian Times, the Crime Officer at the Marine Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Solomon Debi, said investigations revealed that a Ghana Railway Company (GRC) train fully loaded with manganese was coming from Ketan direction to the Takoradi Port, and on reaching the Nkontompo railway crossing, the articulated truck,  from Sekondi direction towards Takoradi, stopped on the railway crossing.

Sources from GRC also told Ghanaian Times that  the level crossing was closed. but, the truck driver overtook other vehicles in front and suddenly stopped on the level crossing and was hit by  the manganese  train.

It will be recalled, that, in May 28, this year, a Ghana Railway Company Limited locomotive engine crashed into a GOIL fuel tanker at the rail crossing, near Takoradi Container Terminal (TACOTEL) on the Sekondi-Takoradi, spilling  huge volumes of  diesel  fuel  into  the New Takoradi neighbourhood.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, TAKORADI

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