A senior journalist with the Ghanaian Times, Samuel Nuamah, has died in a gory road crash in the convoy of President John Dramani Mahama, along the Shai Hills, the Greater Accra Region, a source has told SaharaReporters.
The source said Mr. Nuamah died in the accident of a Ford GMC van converying newsmen who were returning from an official assignment after the coverage of President John Dramani Mahama at a gathering of Christian leaders in Ho.
Aside from the death of Mr. Nuamah, several journalists both from the electronic and print media of the presidential press corps who were also in the van sustained serious life-threatening injuries in the crash.
SaharaReporters learned that the deadly accident occurred while the presidential convoy was returning from an official assignment.
Oour correspondent gathered from a witness that the Ford GMC van with registration number BG 506 - 12, in which the presidential press corps was traveling, burst its rear left tire and the driver immediately applied the brakes but lost control.
"The vehicle veered off the road with husky noise and directly entered into the forest through the swampy place of muddy ditch opposite the bush, injuring its occupant," the witness said.
The journalists were initially taken to the Shai Hills Military Training School clinic and later transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
The Doryumu-Asutuare District Police Commander, Stephen Addom, disclosed that a total of twelve journalists were inside the Ford van when the incident occurred.
Commander Addom added that the van was heading to Accra from the Volta Region when the accident occurred around Dodowa Forest, off Accra road.
The President has already visited the injured journalists, who are currently on admission at the aforementioned military hospital.
Nurses in the hospital confirmed to SaharaReporters on Friday that the reporter with Ghana Peace FM, William Gyentu, is seriously injured.
"Gyentu is hanging in the balance. We have been passing him blood since [Thursday, when] he was brought down here. He might undergo medical operation and his family has been informed," she said.
Meanwhile, the managing editor of the Ghanaian Times, David Agbenu, described the suddent death of Mr. Nuammah as shocking and devastating to the news organization's staff.
Mr. Nuamah has left behind a wife and son.