- A 35-year-old woman has died in an abandoned galamsey pit at Tarkwa-Nsuaem in the Western Region.
- Patricia Morrison died when a taxi she was driving veered off the road and landed in the pit
- She and two other friends were reportedly learning how to drive when the accident occurred.
A terrible tragedy hit the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region on Monday when a 35-year-old woman drowned and died in an abandoned galamsey pit.
Police say the accident occurred when a taxi Patricia was driving veered off the road and landed in the pit which was filled with water.
Patricia and two friends, Andrew and Dorothy, were reportedly having driving lessons when the accident happened.
The taxi is said to have sunk but people in the area managed to save Andre and Dorothy from the water.
Patricia, however, could not be saved before she drowned.
Fire service personnel reportedly helped to retrieve the taxi from the pit.
Police also arrested the owner of the taxi to assist in investigations.
The accident comes at a time of national outcry against illegal mining, which is destroying the environment, especially lands and water bodies.
Dangerous mining pits have also killed hundreds of people across the country.
Officials of the Ghana Water Company Limited have warned that if galamsey is not curtailed, the country may have to import water for its citizens in future.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has also vowed to clamp down on the illegal activity, even if it costs him re-election in 2020
"The Ghana handed down to us by our forefathers is the same Ghana we must leave for the unborn generations. We must not allow Galamsey to destroy our country, no way. If the rule of law is to work in Ghana then the law should be no respecter of persons neither should it be a respecter of one’s affiliations," he said.
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