No casualty in Accra-Nsawam train 'derailment'

BY DAILYGUIDENETWORK.COM - Sep 12, 2019 at 3:29pm 100

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There was harm to life or properties in the minor derailment of the Accra-Nsawam bound train.

The minor derailment occurred at Kotoku as the train was embarking on one of its test runs from Accra to Nsawam.

Quickly, members of the technical team of the Ghana Railway Company Limited mobilised to ensure that the problem was addressed.

The technical team of the Ghana Railway Company Limited had described the Thursday, September 12, 2019, derailment as a minor one.

The train was embarking on one of its test runs to pave way for the reopening of the track.

Refurbishment works on the track were completed recently and as part of efforts to ensure that the track is fit for full operations, the Ghana Railway Company has been embarking on a series of test runs.

The trip on Thursday formed part of one of the runs.

The train operated smoothly until it slightly went off track at a section at Kotoku.


Journalists onboard the train were somewhat anxious to know if the train would continue its journey to Nsawam.

And true to their words, the engineers of the railway company were able to fix the problem, paving way for the journey to resume.

The train finally reached Nsawam at about 2:00pm to much excitement from residents.

Kotoku is a community very close to Nsawam.

The train had made successful stops at Odaw, Achimota, Dome, Amasaman before the minor derailment around 12:30pm

Engineers from the Ghana Railway Company Limited were onboard to address the challenge.

The problem was resolved and the train was back on track and we resumed the journey to Nsawam.

Traffic Manager of the Ghana Railway Company Limited, Comfort Awinya, briefed journalists onboard that the derailment was a minor one.

She said the trip was part of the rest runs and as the line is still being test, such minor derailment was not surprising.

She however assured that before the line is open fully to the public for commercial services, the minor challenges that have been identified would be addressed.

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