Monday, August 25, 2008


FOUR persons, including a policeman and a fireman, were seriously wounded from burns, while four vehicles and a number of houses were also burnt when a speeding tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) overturned and burst into flames at Atwedie in the Ashanti Region last Friday.
The policeman has been identified as Constable James Forkuo of the Juaso Police while the fire officer was named as Richard Barfi of the Nkawkaw fire station.
Both were helping to control the blaze when they got injured.
The two other injured persons were named as Darkwa Gyasi, and his son, Paul Kofi Gyasi, 26.
They were in a Mercedes Benz saloon car with registration number GT 9558 Y, which was burnt beyond recognition.
All the injured persons are receiving treatment at the Nkawkaw Hospital.
Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko, the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Police, told the Daily Graphic that the accident happened at about 5.30pm, when the Burkina Faso-bound LPG tanker with registration number AW 57 Q was heading towards Kumasi from Accra.
On reaching the outskirts of Atwedie, the tanker driver tried to overtake another car, but the vehicle overturned and landed in the nearby bush.
Seconds after the accident, the tanker exploded, and the Mercedes Benz, which was at the time so close to the accident spot, also caught fire.
All the four vehicles, including the tanker and a Land Cruiser were burnt.
Inspector Tanko said the fire spread to nearby houses, causing severe damage to property.
There was a near pandemonium in the town as people ran away to safety.
Firefighters were brought in from Nkawkaw and Konongo to fight the blaze.
The driver of the tanker, fortunately, managed to escape unhurt.
In another development, two bodies have been retrieved from a fire outbreak that occurred at Adum, Kumasi, last Friday morning, when a fuel tanker also overturned and caught fire.
It brought to three the number of people who were killed in the blaze.
One of them has been identified as Muntari Braimah.

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