Court jails truck driver 6 months for causing Ghana’s brand-new train accident

Abel Dzidotor, the driver who caused the deadly train accident on Thursday, April 18, on the Tema-Mpakadan railway line, has been sentenced to six months in prison.

 

Dzidotor pleaded guilty to three of the four accusations brought against him, leading to his sentencing.

Dzidotor entered a guilty plea to accusations of careless driving, causing damage without authorization, and stopping without permission, according to Benjamin Aklama of Citi News. His sentencing followed the court’s finding of guilt on these counts.

The RTA Act 683 (2004), as revised by Act 761 of 2008, stipulated that Dzidotor was first charged with driving carelessly and inconsiderately. A 20-month prison sentence, if unpaid, was the consequence of his sentence of 100 penalty units.

The second charge was for unauthorized stopping, contravening Section 19 of Act 683 of 2004, as amended by Act 761 of 2008. Dzidotor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 penalty units, or a five-month jail term if unpaid.

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The third charge, causing unlawful damage, was in breach of Section 172b of Act 2960. Dzidotor admitted guilt and received a six-month sentence in hard labor.

However, Dzidotor pleaded not guilty to the fourth charge of failing to produce a driver’s license, contrary to regulation 47(2) of LI 21(80). He claimed his license was within the damaged vehicle and has been instructed to present it to the court by May 9, 2024, under the threat of potential consequences.

The Ghana Police Service had arrested Dzidotor after preliminary investigations revealed that he had allegedly left his Hyundai truck unattended on the railway line, resulting in a collision with the newly imported train from Poland during a test run. The police statement suggested that Dzidotor had gone to deliver cement blocks when his truck became stuck on the rail after he failed to navigate a pass-through under the bridge.

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