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Russia's top judge was injured in a car accident on Monday during a visit to the West African nation of Ghana and was being airlifted to the capital, officials said.
Chief Justice Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Lebedev was on his way to the capital Accra after an address at the Ghana Bar Association in the city of Ho when the accident occurred, officials said.
“A truck just got in the way of the convoy,” said Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Ghana's deputy information minister. “An accident occurred and he got injured.”
An official with Ghana's Motor Traffic and Transport Unit, Alex Obeng, called the accident “minor”, but details were unclear, including the nature of the judge's injuries.
“The accident was minor and two persons sustained injury and are being airlifted to Accra for immediate attention,” Obeng said.
“I can confirm that (Lebedev) was involved, together with a police officer.”
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Ofosu also said a helicopter had been dispatched to bring the judge to Accra for treatment.
“He'll be taken to one of the best medical facilities we have,” he said.
He declined to name the facility or discuss the extent of his injuries.
Lebedev was in Ghana on a four-day visit at the invitation of the African nation's chief justice. Local media reported that he had arrived on Saturday.
Traffic accidents are a common occurrence in Ghana due to the poor condition of its roads and the ignorance of many motorists of traffic laws.
The World Health Organisation said 1 986 people died in road accidents in the country in 2010. - Sapa-AFP