At least nine people died early yesterday in a tragic accident along the Kakata Gbarnga highway, with 14 others sustaining serious injuries.
Reports gathered by the Daily Observer spoke of a two-week old baby and a four-year old boy who survived. The children were reportedly removed from among the corpses by area residents who rushed to the carnage when news broke out that a truck transporting marketers from Nimba County had somersaulted, resulting in the death of all occupants on board.
Among the dead, an eyewitness said, was a lactating (breastfeeding) mother, whose two-week old baby survived.
“Drivers who usually ply the Nimba-Bong county highways now take advantage of the paved roads by driving at uncontrollable speed, failing to observe the danger that these roads pose to speeding vehicles,” a police officer remarked, while taking notes at the accident scene.
The incident, which occurred about 4 a.m. yesterday, involved a commercial truck, plate number C50511, driven by a Nigerian national conveying marketers from Tappita, Lower Nimba County, to Monrovia. It was reported that the truck skidded off the road shortly after descending the infamous Kpakor Hill, near Tubman Farm in the Frelela Township.
According to other accounts, “the driver lost control because he was speeding. After overtaking several smaller cars, it somersaulted because the weight of the goods swayed the vehicle, plunging it into the nearby valley.”
Police accident investigators who were said to have arrived at the scene an hour later, managed to control the surging crowd of onlookers as they transferred the injured to C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, where some of them are reportedly responding to treatment.
“Five of the victims who suffered severe fractures are now in the hospital’s emergency room (ER), while two others whose conditions had worsen were transferred to a referral hospital in Monrovia,” an eyewitness said.
It may be recalled that in August last year, a National Transit Authority (NTA) bus shuttling along the Monrovia-Ganta highway veered of the road, resulting in the deaths of several passengers.