[ 2012-07-10 ]
The mangled saloon car: Inset: blood-stained camouflage of the victims
Two soldiers crushed in an accident
Two soldiers were Monday night involved in a
ghastly accident, when the saloon car they were
driving skidded off the road and ran into a wall
mangling the car in the process.
The driver had cuts and bruises on the face, but
his colleague at the passenger side who was
severely hit by the accident had his lower and
upper limbs badly broken in parts.
The accident happened at the Deliman Fuel Station,
few meters from the Avenor Junction in Accra.
Eyewitnesses told Myjoyonline.com that the car
with registration number AS 7603 V was heading
towards Kwame Nkrumah Circle on a top speed. It
broke the defence wall of the fuel station, ran
through it before jumping about a 5-feet gutter to
finally hit a wall at the edge of the gutter. The
wall developed cracks, and due to the magnitude of
the impact, the car was forced to somersault back
across the gutter.
One of the eyewitnesses said they had to use iron
bars, cutlass and other improvised devices to cut
part of the car to remove one of the soldiers who
was trapped in the car half conscious.
Ibrahim Manaba, a security man at the Deliman Oil,
who happened to be at the scene when the accident
happened, said the car just passed like a flash
and all he could hear was a loud bang sound.
“The car was coming at a top speed and of a sudden
it just hit the wall and somersaulted before we
went and raised it and removed the driver and the
other person. They were all soldiers.”
CryingEric Owusu Mensah, a driver who chanced on
the accident, said some police personnel who came
to the scene advised them to call the Ghana
National Fire Service to help retrieve the victims
in order to avoid aggravating the injuries of the
While in the car, he said, the victim was heard
crying for help, albeit faint.
Persons who gave helping hands to the soldiers
suspected that they were drank as they were
reeking of alcohol. The car also contained two
creates of Guinness – some of the bottles were
Meanwhile, some of the eyewitnesses were angry
with personnel of the Ghana Police Service who for
first chanced on the accident, claiming the
officers refused to assist the victims and drove
away. However, another police patrol vehicle came
to the scene, moment after the trapped soldier had
been taken out of the mangled car, and they
conveyed the victim to hospital.
Source - MyjoyOnline
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