Bridge Linking 2 Communities Collapses In Western Region

A 35-year-old bridge linking Wassa Afransie and adjourning communities in the Wassa Amenfi East District in the Western Region has collapsed killing one person.

The accident happened when a tipper truck carrying boulders meant for the construction of a cocoa road project in the area crossing the bridge caved in at Mamieso.

The road to Wassa Afransie, forms part of a 55.55km cocoa road from Adesu to Ankwaaso which is under construction.

The bridge on the Mamie river links Wassa Akropong the district capital to communities like Wassa Afransie, Jukwaa, Abrokyire Krobo among others.

An “okada” rider who was behind the tipper truck with two passengers got trapped under the bridge when the over bridge, collapsed.

The three victims; George Appiah 42, Emmanuel Dovi 32 and Collins Kuma 30, were rescued after twenty minutes under the bridge with various degrees of injuries.

They were all rushed to the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital for treatment but due to the critical nature of Collins Kuma’s condition, he was transferred to the Tarkwa Government Hospital but passed on upon reaching the hospital.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Cocobod Joseph Boahene Aidoo who is a native of Afranse during his visit to the accident scene said the contractor on the road will create an alternative bridge to enhance the movement of the residents.

He expressed worry about the activities of illegal miners which is going to hamper the creation of an alternative bridge, because the illegal miners had left huge puts uncovered along the river banks.

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