Railways Minister Confirms: No passengers injured in Ghana’s new train accident


Ghana’s Minister for Railways Development, John Peter Amewu, has provided an update following an accident involving the country’s newly acquired train from Poland. The incident occurred during a test run on the Tema-Mpakadan railway route on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported in the accident, despite the train colliding with a parked Kia truck along the railway tracks. The impact caused some damage to the train’s frontal area.

Minister Amewu confirmed that passengers and inspectors were onboard the train at the time of the accident. However, he reassured the public that no casualties were recorded.

He also disclosed that the driver of the Kia truck, responsible for the mishap, has voluntarily presented himself to the police for questioning.

Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Minister Amewu provided further details on the aftermath of the accident. He stated, “The engineers are currently working on it. The train has been brought back to the workshop. The Kia driver himself has reported himself to the police station, but the conduct of the driver as of now cannot be well explained.”

He added, “And the good thing is that all the passengers and the inspectors on board the train, none of them got injured and we are currently in the process of assessing the damage to the train.”

Despite the incident, Minister Amewu emphasized that the train remains in good technical condition overall. He assured the public that the train’s electrical and engine systems were unaffected, with only slight damage to the front.

Earlier in the month, Ghana welcomed the arrival of the first batch of trains assembled in Poland at the Tema Port. These trains are part of a larger initiative to enhance railway transportation infrastructure in the country.

Ghana is set to receive a total of 12 state-of-the-art trains from Poland, aimed at modernizing and improving railway transportation services. The introduction of these new trains is expected to significantly enhance efficiency and reliability, with operations scheduled to commence in May.

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