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Tema-Mpakadan Train Accident: Prosecutors Say Damage Cost $2.1m

The accident which happened on April 18 led to minor damages to the driver section of the train, authorities at the Railway Ministry had said

State Prosecutors have told an Accra High Court that it would cost the country $2,138,466.86 to repair the modern train that crashed a few months ago while on a test drive on the Tema-Mpakadan railway line.

Four individuals are currently before the court for colluding with the driver of the stationary truck that caused the crash. They were arrested and remanded two months ago.


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The accident which happened on April 18 led to minor damages to the driver section of the train, authorities at the Railway Ministry had said.

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But at a court hearing on Thursday, June 6, impressing on the judge to remand the accused persons to the Nsawam Prison, prosecutors filed a new charge sheet replacing the earlier charges.

Kokuo Koudjo, Patrick Kwaku Sosu, Alaza Prosper, and Fiadugbe Emmanuel were initially charged for abetting the unlawful damage of the new train. But with a new charge sheet, they are now facing four counts, including using a railway line in breach of the Railway Act; aiding in endangering persons in the train; using the railway line contrary to the Railway Act; unlawfully placing stones in the railway line contrary to the Railway Act; and causing unlawful damage.

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They pleaded not guilty, however, and the court granted them bail of GHC 200 each, adjourning the matter to June 27.

The driver of the truck who was the first to be arrested was jailed for six months the next day after the incident.


Read Also: Truck Driver Arrested Over Train Accident on Tema-Mpakadan Railway Jailed Six Months


 

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