A 35 year-old seamstress, who attempted to drive a taxi cab with registration number WR 842-16, died in the process when the vehicle run into an abandoned pit at Cyanide Abease in the Tarkwa Nsueam municipality.

The deceased, Patricia Morrison, was alleged to have stepped on the vehicle’s accelerator after turning on the engine which resulted in the accident.

The deceased was with two of her apprentices, Dorothy Adarkwa, 17 and Andrews Addo 21 when the accident occurred, but both escaped unhurt.

Superintendent of Police, Madam Victoria Yamoah, Divisional Motor and Transport Traffic Department (MTTD) commander for Tarkwa Nsueam disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Tuesday.

She said on April 24, around 21:45 hours, the driver of the vehicle one Francis Addo after the day’s work handed over the vehicle to his younger brother Andrews Addo to take it home and wash it.

According to her, whiles Andrews was washing the vehicle the deceased, who he also attended the same church with called him on phone to pick her home as she had finished with her day’s work.

The MTTD commander said when Andrews went for the deceased, Dorothy joined them and as they drove some few metres away from the deceased’s house, she told Andrew that she had not driven for a while so he should allow her to drive the vehicle.

She said Andrew initially refused to allow her but upon persistent demands he decided to handover the vehicle to the deceased which landed them in a pit filled with water.

Superintendent of police Madam Yamoah said when the incident happened Andrew was able to swim out of the pit and Dorothy was rescued with a stick by the residents of Cyanide Abease, but Patricia could not be rescued because she and the vehicle had submerged in the pit,

“We did not receive the information on time and when we arrived at the scene the vehicle had already submerged into the pit and there was no traces of the deceased or the vehicle”. She noted

She emphasised that personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service went with their fire Tenders and equipment, but there was no trace of the vehicle.

The MTTD commander said Patricia’s body was later found floating in the pit and the police retrieved and sent it to the Tarkwa hospital morgue for autopsy.