Multiple Deaths in Highway Collision with Presidential Motorcade

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Gabriel Wilson, commonly known as Executive Horn was an employee of the Ministry of State and the traditional horn blower to the President of Liberia

UPDATE: 11:23 p.m.

  • According to sources at Phebe Hospital two of the three injured persons, who were in critical condition and transported there for treatment, have died. Hospital authorities have declined to disclosed their identities until their families can be contacted.
  • Former Associate Justice Wilkins Wright’s vehicle was en route to Ganta, though it is not confirmed whether or not he himself was in his vehicle. He could not be reached by phone and family sources have not been able to locate him.

The vehicle ferrying the Executive Mansion Press Corps, which was part of the presidential motorcade, was on Sunday, February 10, 2019, involved in an accident near Gbarnga, Bong County, when another vehicle belonging to former Associate Justice, Wilkins Wright, intruded into the motorcade and collided with it, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has said in a press release.

The late Rev. Victoria Wlue

There were two fatalities including a lady identified as Victoria Wlue, a passenger riding in Justice Wright’s vehicle, and Gabriel Wilson, commonly called Executive Horn, an employee of the Ministry of State who is the traditional horn blower to the President.

The late Wilson blew the Executive Horn whenever the President of the republic spoke in the public sphere. Originating from the Grebo tribe, Executive Horn blew “messages in the vernacular of the warriors of the land,” his Facebook page says.

Several others onboard the vehicles sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Phebe Hospital in the county. No other vehicle was affected by the impact, the statement said.

Executive Mansion Press vehicle in a fatal collision with a vehicle belonging to former Associate Justice Wilkins Wright.

According the statement, signed by Information Minister Eugene Lenn Nagbe, President George M. Weah has conveyed his sympathies to the families of the bereaved and empathizes with the injured. The President stresses that the government will ensure that those injured receive the best treatment possible.

The ministry says further investigation by the Police and the Executive Protective Service into the matter is ongoing. Meanwhile, the EPS has reiterated earlier warnings against the illegal intrusion into the Presidential motorcade as this poses serious danger to the safety of those onboard, including the President.

12 COMMENTS

  1. We say RIP Brothers and condolences to grieving families, especially, since one of EPS’s major tasks is ensuring the presidential convoy reaches its destination without incident; least of which, a preventable accidental vehicular collision.

    After all, in keeping with presidential motorcade safety procedures, minutes ahead of convoy, an advance or route car must stop incoming vehicles while uniformed police officers on motorbikes block intersections until they pass. Moreover, in as much as President Weah meant well by exiting his vehicle to make sure wounded are taken care of, EPS officers riding with him should’ve politely, but firmly, refused. This tragic episode exposed grave security breaches we hope would be loud lessons learned. That said, some commenters on Facebook were fussing with EPS about how fast the convoy was going, well, depending on locality, speed is an aspect of standard presidential convoy defensive driving. That’s why advance cars and motorbikes are so essential to overall safety on the roads.

    One more thing, for such out of town trips, add an ambulance at the rear of the motorcade with few emergency medical responders: As the adage goes, if done right, “The life you save may be your own”

    • finally george weah will give you a job as his security chief. that is why you have been going on liberianobserver and frontpageafricaonline.com. You are a self serving idiot worshipper looking for job. You plan to have a Job in this governemnt through hook and crook. your butt kiss of George weah will land a job for you

  2. Mr. Moses, I wonder to whom are you referring when you start your paragraph by using the collective pronoun, “We?” Who are the “We?” Are you the Liberian government spoke person now?

  3. Folks, a hate-filled idiot who once sobbingly confessed that his father dislikes me – for God knows what – has gone beserk again over a credible observation.

    John Weah, in America, don’t you read comments in newspapers which volunteer professional advice on some topical issues, or haven’t you seen many from others in FPA and Daily Observer? Oh, well, I should’ve known better; like father like son, fools of the same feathers flock together.

    As for the would-be grammarian, when you muster courage to get rid of the anonymity, pose that silly question. Anyway, it is motivating that some malicious men pee in their pants when they read my pieces on the hot-button issues. Well, boys, don’t mind the nerves, me too would be scared were I a would-be anarchist.

  4. EPS, henceforth, never stop the motorcade no matter severity of collision, particularly, when cause hasn’t been determined. Safety of protectee trumps all considerations, it means every essential asset must be incorporated in the planning of the trip.

  5. Well, Honourable Moses, just go on shitting and peeing on yourself as you have mentioned; for I know that your incessant soliloquizing and your morbid obsession with power, has uncontrollably plunged you in a state of manic depression. And I mean, you are literally insane. Don’t you know that when you use the nominal pronoun “we” that you are speaking collectively? Go to hell with your gutter language!

  6. The unexpected has occurred! This could be a reality check, for President Weah. Having reported to Liberians, and the rest of the World that Liberia was better than a year ago, Boom! Here comes the challenge for the medical sector of Liberia. How are they going to treat those who sustained injuries? It is reported that major hospitals in Liberia,are allegedly out of drugs. Flying to Ghana now may not be appealing.

  7. Mark Twain once said, “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

    May the souls of Mr. Wilson, who endeavored to perform his horn blowing craft diligently, and all those who are dying senselessly in Liberia rest in peace!

    Enough is enough! How many Liberian lives should be lost before something is done to correct these problems!

    It wasn’t too long ago I wrote a comment on how Liberia Lawmakers and the President have their priorities all screwed up. These politicians are worrying about passing laws to rename streets and bridges when the country has daunting problems.

    Do these overpaid politicians think unemployed, hungry or sick Liberians give a damn about bridge and streets name change? These senseless deaths in Liberia (Sen. Doe-Sherif, Mr. Wilson and others) should remind these Lawmakers and the President that there are important life and death issues. These critical issues post challenges to the domestic security of Liberia than worrying about changing names of roads and bridges while these overpaid politicians drive around in their SUVs on pot-hole streets littered with trash as they put on a big show.

    There are too many senseless deaths in Liberia that are preventable. Not too many ordinary Liberians have the luxury of flying abroad for medical treatment. All that money spent abroad by government officials for medical treatment could be well utilized in Liberia to train more doctors, train more medical para-professionals and also built top-notch medical facilities.

    With all these senseless deaths in Liberia, it is time our lawmakers and president focus their attention on these challenges that post immediate threats to Liberia’s national security. The poor health system; poor security system: policing; untrained presidential security escort convoys; fire department; poor traffic regulations (unlicensed drivers, driving under the influence (DUI); poor highway signs; lawlessness; high crime; corruption and high unemployment in Liberia should be of paramount important. They all post national security risks to the country.

    Liberia leaders should focus on how to prevent these national security crises from happening. They need to focus on protecting the public during the time of security crises when they do happen. They need to focus on how to response to security crises when they do happen. Last but not all, they need to focus how to recover from security crises when they do happen.

    The 2014 Ebola poor response is a prime example of Liberia’s poor readiness to protecting the homeland when it comes to domestic security: be it a disease outbreak; be it an environmental crisis; be it chemical hazards; be it beach erosion; be it fire: structural or forest fire; be it cyber-attack; be it illicit drug trafficking; be it threat to Liberia water and energy supply system; be it riots by large homeless population or riots by unemployed Liberians; be it countless deaths due to hazardous roads in Liberia: all these problems require national urgency in dealing with the complex political and regulatory problems facing Liberia.

    Our lawmakers and leaders are unprepared to mitigate and manage these complex problems. Some of these problems have resulted in destruction of lives and properties in Liberia: The Ebola Crisis; The Caterpillar Infestation on crops; the countless deaths of ordinary Liberians plying those dangerous roads; the countless Liberians dying of curable diseases due to lack of proper health care; the countless Liberian children going hungry due to lack of jobs for their parents and so forth.

    These are some of the major crises our leaders need to develop better understanding on how to respond to instead of renaming roads and bridges at this critical time. Otherwise, when problems arise these politicians will be running around like chickens without heads: begging the international body to come to Liberia’s rescue.

    Saving lives should of paramount important to any leadership. Let’s remember the senseless deaths of Mr. Gabriel Wilson (Executive Horn), Sen. Doe-Sherif and others in Liberia that could have been prevented.

    May their souls rest in peace!!

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