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Angels, Wheel Spanners and a Budget. Critical News, 23rd November 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 23, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I was on my way to a meeting on Wednesday, round about 5pm. Traffic was heavy and I was running late. I needed to speed up, but there was a funny clunking noise every time I stepped on the brakes. It got louder as I eased back and in panic I called a rescue mechanic for help.

I listened with horror and dread as the noise grew louder, concerned about the cost of a major brake overhaul on a Mercedes in this crisis; I broke in sweat even with the air condition blowing.

Suddenly without any sympathy for my safety, my front left wheel flew off, traveling opposite to my steering, heading for the huge gutter to my left. The front of the car ditched and I heard the grating of the brake discs on the tarred road, me struggling to hold on to the steering wheel and remembering some rudimentary driving tactics, “don’t step on the brakes!”

As the car ground to a halt, I watched helplessly, the tire carrying its momentum on its own selfish, mindless way, finally lodged under a culvert far away. Lookers-on were more aghast than me as I gently stepped out of the car to assess the damage.

There was only one bolt remaining on the tire and it was shorn off the wheel. I could see the wrenched bolt end in the socket and none of the other four were any place around.

It suddenly hit me that someone had tampered with the car. Read the rest of this entry »

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