Train crash leaves five injured in Sekondi

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Five persons are receiving treatment at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital after being involved in a train crash.

This was due to an overspeeding tipper truck that failed to stop for the oncoming train.

This accident follows another crash that occurred barely a week ago involving two 2 trains that were involved in a head-on-collision at Manso in the Mpohor District leaving four dead.

In an interview, Assembly Member for Nkontompo Anthony Ephraim revealed that the overspeeding truck with registration number GC-723 -21  belongs to Safebond Company.

“Despite our numerous pleas to authorities for speed ramps to check such recalcitrant drivers, it has all fallen on deaf ears as our indigenes keep being maimed and killed by such overspending drivers. By next year, we will construct our own speed ramps to save lives. Last, it was an overspeeding truck that was also crushed by a train just like this and it is almost a year; our street lights are not working since JusMoh (Road contractor) came to fix our roads damaging all cables. Now the signals person has to be using a red flag at night that is barely visible.”

“When we were kids there was automation that went blaring when the train was approaching but now it is not the case and the Railways Company too need to be blamed and called to order” Mr Ephraim said.

On his part, the Deputy Chief Civil Engineer at Ghana Railways Company, Ing Emmanuel Aggudey attributed the accident to overspeeding and lack of caution to road safety requirements when drivers approach the rail crossing.

“There was a warning and signal for cars to stop for the approaching train to pass before the cars could drive by but the truck was overspeeding and refused to stop hence being crashed into by the approaching train. Even after that incident a young driver with a tipper truck also was noticed driving at top speed and the indigenes had to chase him up to tell him to slow down,” he said.

Speaking further, he explained that there was to automated signal to stop oncoming traffic when a train is approaching due to a similar accident that damaged the setup.

“A similar accident caused by an overspeeding truck almost a year ago damaged the computerized signal set up and we are still in talks with the company to replace it so for the meantime we have resorted to a manual alternative that calls for the basic “stop look and listen” mandate of all drivers to ensure safety. Another danger too sometimes even residents in those adjoining areas like Essaman etc go and sleep on the rail lines and all these pose great danger to lives coupled with the overspeeding trucks. We will engage the authorities to put in place speed ramps to check such recalcitrant drivers,” he recounted.

Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Commission has urged drivers to adhere to all safety signs and drive in a careful manner.

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