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Sogakofe Bridge Accident Claims One Life, Injures Others

An accident on the Lower Volta Bridge, Sogakofe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region has claimed the life of a 20-year old man and injured 3 others leaving a nine-month old boy unhurt.

The deceased, identified as Tododo Bestway Mortor from Sokpoe, near Sogakofe who suffered a fractured skull passed away at the Comboni Hospital, Sogakofe where the victims had been rushed to for treatment. His body has since been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.

Meanwhile, the injured are also receiving medical attention at the same hospital.

The accident which occurred around 7:15pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018 involved two motorbikes with the victims travelling from opposite directions.

Sources say the accident happened when the motorist headed Sokpoe from Sogakofe tried dodging a pothole on the bridge and in the process collided with the other one from the opposite direction who was also trying to overtake a vehicle.

The Lower Volta Bridge which witnesses vehicular traffic on daily basis because of its location on the Lagos-Accra-Abidjan corridor, has had some expansion joints become weak and exposed, thus, has become a death trap to motorists who normally try to swerve these potholes.

Some exposed joints of the bridge

Several appeals and complaints have been made by the residents to fix the fast depreciating surface and the wearing off of the bitumen joining the ends of the bridge but there are no visible signs that help would come.

The District Chief Executive of South Tongu, Emmanuel Louis Agama who spoke to voltaonlinegh.com said he is distraught by  accidents that happen on the bridge due to the potholes.

He said the assembly does not have the expertise to solve the problem and had alerted the Ghana Highway Authority on the situation but till date, nothing has been done.

By: Ewoenam Kpodo/voltaonlinegh.com

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