Residents of Sekondi in the Western Region have been perplexed by a second train catastrophe in less than four days.
According to eyewitnesses, a tipper truck collided with a manganese transport train at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, injuring at least three people.
According to reports, the tipper truck driver tried to accelerate across the railroad crossing at Sekondi Nkontompo, despite warnings that a train was approaching, resulting in the crash.
The injured, including the truck driver and one other passenger, as well as the railway conductor, are being treated at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, which is just a few meters from the scene of the accident.
Unlike last week’s head-on accident involving two manganese haulage trains at Angu and Manso, no casualties have been recorded.
However, the accident has caused significant traffic congestion on the Sekondi to Takoradi beach road.
This comes just three days after a head-on train collision at Wassa Manso in the Western region killed many passengers.
Reacting to the developments, Minister for Railways Development, Peter Amewu stated that “we don’t want to see this again. We expect to put up a committee as quickly as possible. The head of my security team is with me, and we will investigate what caused this accident. Not too long ago, you heard that we lost one of our managers also in a train accident in Accra. The industry is already not in the right mood for this to happen again.”