Reviews: Ghana: opening of an investigation after the accident of an explosive truck that has made at least 13 dead

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Capture d'écran d'une vidéo montrant des personnes autour du cratère creusé par l'accident d'un camion d'explosifs le 20 janvier 2022 à Apiate, dans l'ouest du Ghana © Eric Yaw Adjei screenshot of a video showing people around the crater dug by L An accident of an explosive truck on January 20, 2022 in apiate, in western Ghana

Ghanaian authority opened an investigation to determine the circumstances and responsibilities of the explosion of a truck stuffed with industrial explosives Who did at least 13 dead, according to a review revised downward Friday.

The explosion destroyed dozens of homes and left a huge crater in the middle of the road in the village of ApIate, 300 km west of Accra.

According to the first findings, the authorities said, the truck, which carried explosives for a mine, came in Thursday afternoon colliding with a motorcycle and another vehicle, before igniting.

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The truck driver has managed to slip out of his vehicle and be covered by alerting people at the risk of explosion, "said Local Media Abena Mintah, a witness of the accident.

"Investigations should determine whether the regulations concerning the transport of explosives have been respected and the circumstances that led to this unfortunate tragedy," said the Ministry of Natural Resources in a statement.

Capture d'écran d'une vidéo montrant les dégâts provoqués par l'accident d'un camion d'explosifs le 20 janvier 2022 à Apiate, dans l'ouest du Ghana © Eric Yaw Adjei Screenshot of a video showing the damage caused by the accident of an explosive truck on January 20, 2022 in apiate, in western Ghana

the commander of the police of the Region indicated that the balance sheet rose to 13 dead, while Thursday evening 17 dead had been announced. In addition, 45 people were always hospitalized on Friday, he added.

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The Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo lamented a "sad, unhappy and tragic accident" and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

At the scene of the accident, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia indicated that the State would provide for the material needs of the victims and take charge of medical expenses.

Accidents involving trucks are common in Ghana, as in many African countries, and can be murderer when they are tanker trucks, carrying petroleum products or gas.

Ghana is the second largest gold producer of Africa, after South Africa. The mining industry in this country involves both world players but also artisanal mining activities, many illegal.

Carte du Ghana localisant Apiate, dans l'ouest du pays © Janis Latvels Map of Ghana Localizing Apiate, in the West Country

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