Ghanaian President John Kufuor, chairman of the African Union, escaped unhurt when a car crashed into his vehicle on Wednesday, rolling it over several times, officials and witnesses said.
Presidential Press Secretary Andy Awuni said Kufuor appeared healthy and composed but was undergoing medical checks in the presidential palace to ensure he was not at risk.
Witnesses said a red car coming from the opposite direction struck the president’s vehicle at a major intersection near the Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra.
“The car finally rested on the sidewalk and the people around helped his security men to pull him out. The president came out holding his head,” James Kobinah, an electrician working nearby, told Reuters.
Awuni said police were investigating the cause of the accident and would question the driver of the red car, who was being treated in hospital. Some other people involved in the accident were also receiving medical attention.
“The picture is not very clear about the accident,” Awuni said. “It’s a bit strange for the car to run into his car directly.”