A tragic incident occurred when a police patrol vehicle, in pursuit of criminal suspects, plunged into an abandoned mining pit in Kwawu.
The incident resulted in the death of Police General Constable Prince Amoah and injuries to three others. The survivors, Constable Martha Ansah, General Corporal Frederick Cobbinah (the service driver), and General Constable Bright Adinkrah, were rescued and are currently receiving medical care at Kwawu Health Centre.
The police team, part of a Divisional taskforce, had been assigned to cover a special inter-school sports and gala competition at Kwawu and was on routine mobile patrols. The incident unfolded when the team received information about three motorbikes with suspicious riders heading towards Enchi. The riders had failed to stop at a checkpoint and were pursued by the patrol team.
During the pursuit, the motorcyclists took a wrong turn near Kwawu township, leading to the tragic accident. The service vehicle became stuck on an improvised wooden bridge near an abandoned mining pit, eventually collapsing and falling into the river with the occupants.
Upon receiving the information, local authorities and police officers stationed at the inter-school gala competition responded promptly. Divers were deployed to rescue the victims, and the deceased’s body, trapped beneath the service vehicle, was recovered from the river.
The survivors are currently undergoing treatment at Samatex Hospital in Samreboi, while the deceased’s body has been taken to the Enchi Government Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The police report also mentioned the recovery of the service vehicle, missing service rifles, and the damaged car being taken to a nearby fuel station for safety. The incident highlights the risks and challenges faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty, emphasizing the importance of safety measures during pursuits and patrols.