Russia to fly out judge hurt in Ghana car crash

JOCELYN EDWARDS and FRANCIS KOKUTSE
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Russia's Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev attends a meeting marking the 90th anniversary of the Russian Supreme Court in Moscow, Russia. Ghana's authorities say a top Russian judicial official has been hospitalized in intensive care after a road accident in the West African nation of Ghana. A statement signed Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 by Ghanaian Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said that Lebedev was being treated at a military hospital in Ghana's capital. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File)

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Russia's chief justice was in stable condition Tuesday following a car accident in the West African nation of Ghana where he awaited transport home.

Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Lebedev had been in Ghana to open a conference of the country's bar association that took place east of the capital.

The chief justice was brought to Accra by an airlift of the Ghanaian military and was in the intensive care unit at a military hospital, according to the information ministry.

"Initial investigations revealed that the accident occurred when a tipper truck suddenly veered into the lane in which his convoy was traveling," said Ghana's Deputy Minister for Information Felix Ofosu in a statement.

Police have refused to give any details about the driver whose vehicle crashed into the convoy.

In Russia, news reports said the Emergencies Ministry was preparing to send a plane to Ghana to bring Lebedev back home, though it was unclear when that would take place.

Court spokesman Pavel Odintsov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying he had spoken Tuesday with Lebedev today by telephone and "Vyacheslav Mikhailovich said he feels OK."