Detached part of fuel tanker truck kills two

BY: Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu
The fuel tanker truck
The fuel tanker truck

Two persons died in an accident last Saturday when the rear of a faulty fuel tanker truck, that was being repaired, suddenly got detached at Baku, near Atuabo in the Ellembelle District in the Western Region.

The deceased have been identified as Samuel Kenyah,16, who died instantly, and Amos Tetteh, 36, who later died at Eikwei Hospital, where he and other victims were rushed to for treatment.

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The injured include Michael Boavo, 26, and Jackson Bosompem, 23, both welders, who are currently on admission at the hospital.

The driver of the tanker, Eklu Agbormegah, is assisting the police in their investigations.


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The Esiama District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police, Mr Thomas Bayor, told the Daily Graphic that Mr Agbormegah took the tanker truck with registration number, GN 6228 - 14, to a welding shop at Baku to mend a leaking portion of the tanker truck.

He said in the course of welding the fuel tanker, which had some residual fuel in it, the tank got heated up leading to the forcible opening of its rear part, killing Kenyah instantly.

The officer added that the driver, who reported himself to the police, said upon reaching Baku, he realised that part of the main tanker was leaking and, therefore, decided to mend it.

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According to the driver, it was in the course of welding the broken part that the rear portion got detached.

Mr Bayor said the fuel tanker had since been impounded by his outfit.