Fatal Accident Kills Four Along Bong Mines Highway

LACKEYTA, Margibi – A fatal motor accident has left four people dead and three others critically injured on the Kakata-Bong Mines highway in Margibi after a green Nissan Primera collided head-on with a white DAF truck carrying charcoal.

According to eyewitnesses, the operator of the Nissan was speeding from Kakata on Friday afternoon under a heavy downpour of rain and apparently lost control and collided with the truck in the opposite lane.

Four passengers in the Nissan died on arrival at the government-run C.H. Rennie Hospital. The driver and the remaining passengers in the Nissa sustained serious injuries, including having their hands and legs fractured.

The victims are split between the C.H. Rennie Hospital and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia. They are said to be under critical medical conditions.

The identities of the deceased remain unknown as officers of the traffic division of the Liberian National Police in Margibi are investigating circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.

There was, however, no fatality reported from inhabitants of the truck.

In 2016, there were two accidents within a two-day span at the same location. On July 25, an ambulance carrying a patient to the Bong Mines Hospital in Fuamah District was involved in a tragic accident that instantly killed two persons during the Independence Day season.

The ambulance collided head-on with a commercial motorcycle along the narrowly paved highway.

A day earlier, another tragic accident occurred that resulted in the death of three persons who were riding on a speeding motorcycle that attempted overtaking a truck carrying charcoal.

The accident occurred while the motorcycle was overtaking and apparently hit a bag of charcoal that was protruding on the side of the truck, causing the rider to lose control and fall in front of the truck.

Road accidents are prevalent in Liberia. In 2018, the World Health Organization ranked Liberia as having the worst safety record in sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated 35.9 deaths per 100,000 people.

Featured photo courtesy of Yawah Jaivey

Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel has over a decade of experience working as a community radio broadcaster. He is the Margibi correspondent for the Liberia Broadcasting System and the Manager for Classic FM 93.9 MHz, one of Liberia’s leading community radio stations. Emmanuel is also a member of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2016 Internews Health Journalism Fellow.

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