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.
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.
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.
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.