The timely intervention of personnel from the Ghana National Fire service saved the lives of passengers when the Opel taxi cab they were travelling on suddenly burst into flames.The taxi cab with registration number WR 2007-12 caught fire around the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) Traffic light due to reasons yet to be established.
When Spicefmonline got to the scene, fire fighters had managed to pull out the passengers aboard but the taxi cab could not be salvaged.
Narrating the incident to Spicefmonline, the Western Regional MTTD Commander, Superintendent Richard Appiah said, he was at the scene with his men to control a heavy traffic which had been caused by a broken down truck with registration Number BA 1851 X carrying diesel. “We saw the taxi cab with set of passengers heading towards Sekondi in flames and alerted the driver to stop.”
“We attempted to fight the fire with fire extinguishers from other drivers but it proved futile and we also realized there was a gas cylinder in the taxi so we evacuated the passengers.”
Although, none of the passengers nor the driver aboard the taxi cab was hurt, the explosion from the cylinder in the taxi created panic as people run for their dear lives amidst shout of “gas explosion, gas explosion.”
“When the gas was oozing out of the car with flames, other drivers started panicking and began creating chaos in the process. The police had to step in to control the rampaging motorists from causing further accident. That is why we have blocked the road to prevent more cars from getting to the scene.”
According to the Metro Fire Officer, Divisional Officer Grade One, James Ankrah, though a gas cylinder exploded in the taxi, he couldn’t confirm the explosion was caused as a result of the gas in the car until they finish with their investigations.
The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer, Anthony K.K. Sam who rushed to the scene upon hearing the news of gas explosion was happy to hear there was no casualties recording.
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