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Truck Runs Over Traders at Ashaiman

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A truck loaded with cement blocks yesterday ran into traders at the Ashiaman market in Accra, killing one and injuring six others in the process.

The incident which occurred in the early hours of the yesterday was caused by a failure in the breaks of the truck, with registration number ER 5112 X, forcing the driver to run into the street hawkers.

The truck being towed away

Five other vehicles which were parked along the road were damaged in the process.

An eyewitness close to the scene told THE PUBLISHER ‘‘Some of us had to run for our lives upon seeing the truck approach, but unfortunately those affected were busily doing business and could not notice the truck. It then run into them killing one instantly and injuring six others’’.

Hawkers within the Ashaiman Municipality are known for selling on the streets of almost every major road in the area, and several attempts to get them off has failed.

Most of the roads in the swamp parts of Ashaiman particularly around the major lorry terminal and the market area, as well as the major traffic intersection, have become very narrow due to traders encroachment road, making it difficult for both cars and humans to move freely.

The Ashaiman Divisional MTTD commander, DSP Isaac Kojo Forson, noted that the police have taken the matter up and are looking out for the driver.

The injured persons being treated at the hospital

He also admonished traders to desist from selling on the shoulders of the road due to the danger it exposes.

He further disclosed that an emergency meeting would be held to ensure that the hawkers and commercial motor riders who have taken over major streets are removed from the shoulders of the road.

By: Sandra Amevor

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