Four More Arrested and Remanded over Train Accident

Following last week’s train accident at Abortia in the Volta Region, four additional individuals have been apprehended by the police for their alleged involvement. They are identified as Kokou Koudjo, a 34-year-old gas welder, Patrick Kwaku Sosu, a 52-year-old  labourer, Alaza Prosper, a 28-year-old labourer and Fiadugbe Emmnauel, a 31-year-old labourer, with charges leveled against them for “abetment of unlawful damage.”

The accused, alongside Abel Adzidotor, the truck driver directly involved in the incident, were brought before the high court presided over by Justice Mrs. Lydia Osei-Marfo. Upon the prosecution’s request, the court remanded them into police custody pending further investigations.

According to the prosecution, led by Assistant State Attorney Christabel Selma Anafure, the accused individuals, aware of the inaccessibility of the railway lines to motor vehicles, attempted to cross the tracks using stones as a makeshift path. However, their actions resulted in the truck becoming stuck on the railway line, leading to a collision with an oncoming Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train during a scheduled test run.

Dr. Divine Olutey, an Engineer of the Ghana Railway Corporation, serves as the complainant in the case, providing testimony regarding the events of April 18, 2024. The collision caused damage to both the train and the truck, prompting further investigation and legal proceedings.

The court granted a short adjournment and advised the accused to secure legal representation for the next hearing.

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