A newspaper vendor in Aflao escaped death narrowly when an over-speeding car veered off the road and crashed into the kiosk where he sold newspapers with his boss.
The incident happened shortly after the vendor left the kiosk following a phone call to come home.
The impact of the crash left the wooden kiosk totally destroyed with the car left resting on the wreckage, leaving several newspapers, including those packaged as returns, scattered.
Mr Raphael Agyiri, the Senior Vendor told the Ghana News Agency that at about 0540 hours on Saturday, his assistant, Shepherd Amedume, arrived in the kiosk as usual to receive the day’s papers from Accra and arrange the place.
He said just about the time he was leaving the house to join Amedume, a family issue came up, which delayed him.
Mr Agyiri said about 0600 hours, Amedume also had a phone call to return home.
He said he (Agyiri) then had a phone call at about 0610 hours from the New Times Corporation van driver arriving with the Company’s newspapers, informing him that a car had crashed into the kiosk.
Mr Agyiri said he rushed down to find the kiosk in total ruins and the unlicensed Chevrolet Camaro saloon car involved, still resting on the debris.
An eye witness told the Ghana News Agency that at about 0606 hours he and others were attracted to the sound of a car, which pulled up at top speed at the traffic light near the STC Bus Terminal from the border direction on the Aflao-Accra Highway.
He said on reaching the accident scene, the car suddenly veered off, climbed the about six inches-high pavement of the road and crashed into the kiosk by the Customs barracks fence wall.
A source close to the Aflao Police confirmed the incident and said the driver, named only as “Play,” who initially attempted running away, but was arrested and assisting with investigations.
Mr Agyiri said he and Amedume, including clients and others who passed by regularly to read newspaper headlines, would have been crashed to death had the place been opened early as normally done.