Information reaching the media on Monday, April 12, 2021 is rather another sad story of a woman and her 5-year old child who were crashed to death while on a pragya (tricycle) by a speeding truck believed to have been moving from Kumasi to Accra around Oforikrom, in the Ashanti Region.
According to Luv FM’S news reporter Erastus Asare Donkor who was at the scene, the experience is one of a kind he, as a seasoned journalist has never beheld before. It was a very sad incident. Not only did they die, they were crashed beyond recognition.
According to him, eyewitnesses say that, at about 9:30pm on Sunday, the driver of the pragya (tricycle), packed the victims beside the road, and went out to exchange money with a woman selling around the area. But unfortunately, little did he know that he didn’t park well.
A huge truck, moving from Kumasi outwards rums into the tricycle, crashing it beyond recognition. The woman ( described by the driver to be around 35 years of age) and the little child were found dead from a distance, where the incident occured.
Speaking to media, the 24-year-old driver, by name Lukeman, expressed much pain and deep sorrow, not over his only source of income, but rather for the two innocent lives that were lost within the twinkle of an eye. He said that life is indeed very short and unpredictable.
The Ghana National Fire Service and the police later evaded the scene and took the remains of the deceased into a morgue at Oforikrom in the Ashanti Region. Further investigations are still ongoing to locate family and friends of the deceased.
Accidents are increasing in the country at an increasing rate. Just recently, Joy News’ documentary on road accidents reveals that the number of persons who died through road accidents from January to March of 2021 alone stood at 771 with over 4,300 cases recorded so far.
This death toll far outweighs that of number of deaths caused by the coronavirus. Something surely must be done to help reduce the increasing accidents on our roads every day. Imagine what the statistics would be like at the end of the year if things continue this way.
The police and the Ghana Roads Safety Commission should partner and make sure that drivers’ activities are regulated on our roads so as to minimize road accidents at least to some extent.