On Saturday the 18th December 2021 at 2am there was a head-on haulage train collision at Wassa Manso in the Western Region.
The wassa manso train accident has led to the loss of four person and also six persons seriously injured and were in critical condition.
According to reports gathered by xorlali.com, the two trains were moving from opposite directions on the Tarkwa-Kojokrom route.
However the cause of the wassa manso train accident was because the non-adherence to instruction from the control center by locomotive drivers.
Again it believed that the locomotive-engine driver from Tarkwa toward Takoradi failed to stop as instructed and attributed it to break-failure while the driver who was in charge of the locomotive from Kojokrom failed to heed to instruction to switch to another lane.
Some passengers who reportedly illegally hopped on board the haulage train without permission were trapped under the metal wagons meant to carry bauxite or manganese.
According to eyewitnesses they were able to help pull one of the wassa manso train accident passengers out of the wreckage but he was unconscious.
Reactions from the western regional minister and Railway development minister
Below is what the western regional ministers that Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah and Mr John Peter Amewu the minister of railways development had to say about the wassa manso train accident ;
The Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah described the situation as unfortunate and called for full investigation into the incident saying, “it is avoidable and must be investigated.”
The Minister of Railways Development, Mr John Peter Amewu described the incident as sheer negligence, saying, “because of negligence the unfortunate has happened and we must guard against its recurrence.”
“Not too long ago we lost one of our managers in a similar incident in Accra – the truth is the industry is not already on the right footing and for this to happen again I must say it is unfortunate.”