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Photos: Ghana’s New Train Involved In Accident During Test Run In Asuogyaman

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Ghana’s recently acquired train, which arrived from Poland and intended to operate on the Tema-Mpakadan railway line, has been involved in an accident during a test run in the Asuogyaman District.

The Ministry of Railways Development, in a statement dated Thursday, April 18, 2024, clarified that the accident took place around 12:10 pm on the same day.

According to the Ministry, the train encountered a stationary vehicle positioned directly across the rail track as it approached the curve at Km76+100.

“Despite the immediate application of the emergency braking system, the train was unable to come to a complete stop before colliding with the vehicle.”

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The Ministry assured that no fatalities were recorded as passengers, drivers, crew and bystanders are all safe.

“It is important to note that the vehicle was unmanned, and the location where it was found is not designated as an authorized level crossing. Thankfully, there were no injuries sustained by passengers on the train or bystanders. However, there was minor damage to the driver’s cab section of the train.”

It mentioned that the incident has been reported to the police and investigations are currently underway.

“The incident has been promptly reported to the Police, and investigations are currently underway to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident. The DMU involved has been moved to the Workshop for further assessment and necessary repairs.”

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The Ministry assured the public of safety, stating that they are committed to ensuring the continued safe operation of the railway system.

“We assure the public that safety remains our utmost priority, and we are committed to ensuring the continued safe operation of our railway systems. We urge all stakeholders to remain vigilant and adhere to safety protocols when operating or crossing railway tracks.”

The government procured the two contemporary diesel-powered trains from Poland to boost the railway transport system.




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