The driver of the gas tanker that exploded at Atomic junction in Accra a fortnight ago, who escaped unhurt, Yussif Seidu, has died mysteriously after becoming unconscious during a meeting of LPG truck drivers.
He was pronounced dead at the Tema General Hospital.
The Public Relations Officer of the LPG Marketing Companies Association, Kwame Owiredu, who confirmed the incident to Citi News, said the driver who escaped unhurt after the gas explosion, collapsed at a meeting of LPG truck drivers on [Thursday], and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He added that, the cause of death is yet to be established, but indicated that, he will be buried today [Friday] according to Islamic customs.
“I can confirm to you that Yussif Seidu, the driver who was in charge of the tanker that caught fire at Atomic Junction is no more with us. I can also say that he didn’t die as a result of any injury flowing from the accident that occurred, but he died a natural death.”
Mr. Seidu said they were celebrating with him on Thursday because he had a new tanker.
“Whilst we were in a conversation with him, he went unconscious. He was rushed to the Tema General Hospital and after some few checks on him, the doctors pronounced him dead. So it’s an unfortunate situation, and we are really sad. They have not confirmed the cause of death. He is a Muslim so when his family had the news, they demanded for the body, so that is the arrangement we are doing now, to send his remains to Kumasi where his family is,” he added.
Possible cause of death
Although the deceased escaped unhurt from the explosion site, it is unclear whether he inhaled excessive smoke or gas in the process, which could have led to severe respiratory complications.
On the other hand, it is unclear whether the deceased received any form of help, since he could have suffered from a post traumatic stress disorder, which can lead to high blood pressure, and a subsequent heart attack.
Seeing that he’s a Muslim, whose burial is soon to take place, it is unclear whether an autopsy would be carried out as soon as practicable to establish the exact cause of death.
On Saturday, October 7, a gas explosion occurred at Atomic junction at Madina in Accra, which killed seven people and injured 132 others.
The area around the epicenter of the explosion is known to be a hotbed of activity with a commercial bus [trotro] station, taxi rank, other fuel stations and traders located in the immediate vicinity.
Police and fire service investigations are yet to be concluded to ascertain the actual cause of the explosion.