Ghana’s Latest Train from Poland Involved in Collision During Test Run – What Happened?”

Ghana's Latest Train from Poland Involved in Collision During Test
Ministry of Railways Development/Facebook The train is one of the two diesel-powered trains which Ghana bought from Poland (file photo)

Ghana’s Latest Train from Poland Involved in Collision During Test Run: What Happened?”

A recent collision involving a newly acquired train from Poland has jolted Ghana’s nascent railway endeavors, underscoring the challenges inherent in modernizing transportation infrastructure. The incident occurred during a train test run along the Tema-Mpakadan railway line in the Eastern Region, where it collided with an abandoned truck left negligently on the tracks.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported among the train’s occupants, including the driver, railway inspectors, and passengers, who managed to escape unscathed. The collision, however, inflicted minor damage to the train’s cabin area, prompting swift action from authorities.

The Ghana Police Service swiftly apprehended the driver of the abandoned truck, initiating investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Preliminary findings suggest that the truck was irresponsibly left unattended on the railway line, culminating in the collision with the oncoming train.

In response to the incident, Railways Minister John Peter Amewu condemned the act as “unfortunate, irresponsible, and unpatriotic,” emphasizing the need for greater vigilance and adherence to safety protocols in railway operations.

The Ministry of Railways Development affirmed that despite the immediate activation of emergency braking systems, the train could not avert the collision due to unforeseen obstacles on the tracks. Efforts to ensure the safe operation of Ghana’s railway system will remain a top priority as investigations into the incident progress.

Ghana’s acquisition of two diesel-powered trains from Poland heralded a new era for the country’s railway transport system, aiming to enhance connectivity and bolster public transportation infrastructure. The arrival of the first Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train marked a significant milestone in the revitalization of Ghana’s railway network, with plans for its deployment along the 100km Tema-Mpakadan line.

Expanding the railway network is vital to Ghana’s broader infrastructure development agenda to foster economic growth and regional connectivity. The Tema-Mpakadan line, part of a larger 1,000-kilometer project, promises to enhance transport links between Ghana and Burkina Faso, facilitating trade and socio-economic development along the eastern corridor.

As Ghana forges ahead with its ambitious railway projects, the recent incident serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of rigorous safety protocols and public awareness initiatives. Moving forward, concerted efforts to mitigate risks and ensure the seamless operation of the railway system will be imperative in realizing Ghana’s vision of a modern, efficient, and interconnected transportation network.


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