Fatal Accident claims one life on Elmina Takoradi highway

Cape Coast- A 34-year old motor rider, Sam Thompson died on the spot when the motorbike he was riding on together with a pillion rider Peter Plange, aged 24, crashed into the front side of a Toyota Landcruiser with registration number GT 7663-X, on the Elmina- Takoradi Highway on Sunday night.

According to the police the riders who were not wearing helmet, received serious injuries and were rushed to the University of Cape Coast Hospital but Thompson was pronounced dead on arrival.

Superintendent Annan Samuel Entsuah, Elmina Municipal Commander, told the GNA that the accident happened around 20hrs last Sunday, December 2.

He said the driver of the Toyota Landcruiser, Samuel Dentu aged 46 years was driving from Cape Coast to Elmina Beach Resort area and on reaching the Resort junction, failed to observe the traffic from the opposite direction in his attempt to branch.

An oncoming Apsonic motor bike with registration number M-17-CR 800 being ridden by Plange with Thompson at the back, crashed into the nearside front fender of the Toyota Landcruiser causing serious injuries to both riders.

The pillion rider is still on admission at the UCC Hospital whilst the body of Thompson has been deposited at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Morgue for preservation awaiting autopsy.

Both the accident vehicle and the motor bike have been impounded for investigations.

In a related development, Alfred Mensah, aged 51 years who was driving a Kia truck loaded with sacks of cocoa beans with his two mates on board sustained serious injuries when the vehicle crashed into a tree in an attempt to avoid a head on collision.

Supt. Entsuah said on Saturday around 1500hrs the truck driver who was from Abrem Agona Ankase Village to Cape Coast lost control of the steering when an oncoming vehicle trying to overtake another got into his lane, compelling the truck driver to veer of its lane and crushed into the tree.

It happened around the road between Yesunkwa and Bronyibima Estate on the Elmina-Takoradi Highway.

It took the assistance of the Ghana National Fire Service from Elmina and other motorist to clear the road, which became heavy with traffic after the accident.

The three are currently on admission at the ape Coast Teaching Hospital.

Source: Ghana News Agency