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Burkina Faso: Truck kills Ghanaian; injures others in Dakola

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One Ghanaian is said to have lost his life on the spot, while others sustained varying degrees of injuries. This happened when an overloaded truck capsized in front of a small mosque at Dakola, in Burkina-Faso.

Border officials removed the truck on Monday, November 22, 2021.

The body of the deceased has since been buried, while the injured persons are receiving medical treatment.

The deceased, suspected to be in his early 20s, crossed to the Burkina-Faso side of the Ghana-Burkina-Faso border to sell ice cream on a bicycle. When the truck capsized, the deceased and others were trapped underneath the vehicle.

An eyewitness, who is also a driver, recounted to the media that the driver of the Burkina-Faso registered truck travelled from Tema through Kumasi, Tamale and Bolgatanga with the appropriate weight and height, but decided to add more goods [canned Alcoholic drinks] after the Customs officials at the Paga Border had cleared him to enter Burkina-Faso.

Another eyewitness, also a driver, who only gave his name as Mumuni, said the goods in the truck exceeded the accepted weight range for the truck and also the height was too high.

“Last night when the truck came to the parking yard and got the clearance, they added more goods to what they were already carrying; my brother, they packed the goods too much. When he got to the front of the mosque, there was another truck coming from the Burkina-Faso side and in an attempt by the driver from the Ghana side of the border to drive pass, the trailer dangled and fell onto the front side of the mosque,” Mumuni said.

Customs officials at the Paga border said the truck was in transit and had met all required conditions at the time of inspection at the GPHA parking yard.|101.1MHz| Ghana

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