The man who was purportedly riding the motorcycle that crashed with the explosives-carrying vehicle at Appietse has disputed the allegations.
According to earlier reports, a tricycle collided with the truck loaded with mining explosives causing the explosion at Appietse, near Bogoso in the Western Region
The driver (name withheld) told the Ghana News Agency that he was not the cause of the disaster and that he was not present when the explosion occurred.
He said he was hit from behind by another vehicle and brought to a local health facility.
“I didn’t collide with the said truck, neither was I at the scene during the explosion,”
“I don’t know where that story is coming from because I was not at the scene. I did not see any truck around me when the accident occurred. I was in the tricycle with one woman and the two of us were carried to the health facility.
”The people that conveyed us to the hospital later informed me that it was a sprinter bus that hit my tricycle and that the driver ran away after the accident,” he insisted.
According to preliminary police investigations, a mining explosive vehicle traveling from Tarkwa to the Chirano Gold Mines collided with a motorcycle at Appietse, a rural settlement between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality in the Western Region, resulting in the explosion.
The explosion, which occurred on Thursday, January 20, 2022, killed 14 people and injured 179 others.
The Minerals Commission shut down Maxam Ghana Limited, the company that owns the explosive truck, on Saturday to allow for accident investigations.