Accident Kills Two Persons in Bong County

GBARNGA, Bong – Two persons have been reported dead as a result of a road traffic accident along the Gbarnga to Phebe stretch of the highway in Bong.

The accident occurred last Wednesday at about 1:30 a.m. Four occupants, including the operator of an unregistered silver Toyota Camry, sustained serious head and body injuries for which they were rushed to the nearby Phebe Hospital.

Upon arrival, Dixon Wreah, the operator and owner of the vehicle, and Eddie Zomoway, a lecturer at Cuttington University, were pronounced dead by a medical doctor on duty.

The other two passengers, Jerome Martin and Abraham B. Sarwah, were admitted to the medical facility. They have since been discharged and are gradually recuperating.

Meanwhile, the police investigation has revealed the cause of the accident to be speeding. Police also said the driver was operating without a license.

“Police investigation into the cause of this accident revealed that the operator was traveling from Phebe direction towards Gbarnga and reaching Melekee Town,” the police report read. It said the vehicle was moving much faster than the 35 mph limit and as a result, “ran off the pavement about 160 feet and somersaulted off the road.”

Augustine S. Kannah, the local chief of traffic of the Bong County Police Detachment, is calling on motorists to avoid speeding, especially during night hours.

Kannah told Radio Gbarnga in an interview that many drivers were now seeing the newly paved road as an opportunity to speed. However, he warned that it was destroying lives and properties.

“The LNP is appealing to our drivers to limit the speed,” he said. “We are now in the Christmas and New Year seasons. There are lots of people traveling now and the roads are busy.”

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Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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