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Cargo truck en-route from Kumasi to Berekum crashes into River Tano

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A DAF Cargo truck with registration number CF-545-20 in the early hours of yesterday crashed into the Tano at Abesim in the Sunyani Municipality. The truck which was loaded with crates of tomato was in the Berekum West District of the Bono region.

When Radio Ghana visited the accident scene, personnel from the Ghana Fire Service, MTTD and the Ghana Water Company were busy working to salvage the truck from the river.

The accident occurred around 12 midnight on Wednesday. The driver, 28 years old Berima Sallam with two others, a woman and spare driver suffered some injuries. According to an eyewitness account, the truck on reaching the Tano River between Abesim in Bono and Tanoso in the Ahafo region lost control of the wheel and veered of the road ending up in the Tano river Spilling diesel into it.

The injured were rushed to the Bono regional hospital for treatment. The driver is however discharged and is assisting the police in investigation. Libation was poured to appease the gods of the river before truck could be towed.

The Bono Region MTTD Commander, Superintendent Steven Tenkorang who spoke in an interview at the accident scene said, the driver is assisting them in the investigation after discharged from the hospital. He said the other two persons are still at the Bono regional hospital receiving treatment.

Samples of the water was taken for testing for PH levels at various points of the river.  The Bono regional Water Quality Manager at the GWCL, Mrs Janet Atebiya who decided to speak off record said, the PH level is 6.7 and it is good for drinking.

Story filed by Daniel Donkor

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