Bus Collision Goes Ablaze, Several Wounded

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"Killer Bean" bus on fire

One of a number of popular yellow commercial buses, dubbed “Killer Bean,” early Monday was gutted by fire after experiencing brake failure and colliding with another vehicle, leaving several people wounded.

The unfortunate incident took place adjacent Access Bank, at the intersection of Johnson and Ashmun Streets, in central Monrovia.  The incident brought central Monrovia to a complete standstill, with many condemning Government’s inability to do proper inspection on vehicles that are plying the streets.

The bus, with license plate B-30284 and which had no passenger on board, ran into another bus, setting it ablaze. This left four persons, who were occupants of the other vehicle, with minor injuries. Some of the injured were immediately rushed to nearby clinics. The driver attempted to flee the scene but was prevented from doing so by a large crowd which overpowered him.

The blaze did not totally destroy the bus, thanks to a swift intervention by fire fighters from the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS). The LNFS fire fighters were instrumental in quenching the fire.

“We are grateful to God for this swift intervention by the fire fighters; it would have been worse if they had not come on time,” Richard Thompson, an eye witness, said.

Thompson noted that the prompt action of the LNFS really helped to save other properties nearby that would have been affected. He said everyone was shocked when the incident was taking place. “It was like a movie and we could not believe what was happening,” he said.

“The bus experienced brake failure and the driver ran off the road. And so everyone started running here, there and yonder. This situation created panic among all the people here and it was scaring,” Thompson noted.

Fire truck arrives to help quench the fire

Another eyewitness, Tetee Tehmeh, blamed the government, especially the Liberia National Police (LNP), for such frightening incidents in the country, especially in Monrovia.

“The police officers are not properly inspecting these vehicles that are plying our streets; this is very unfortunate for us. We see how containers have been killing people in this country. We have to change the way we do things here if we want to protect our people,” Ms. Tehmeh said.

Some eyewitnesses said they noticed that the bus did not have a fuel/gas tank and that the driver had the fuel gallon situated right behind him.

The driver of the bus, Armah Kenneh (age 35), was left dumbfounded following the incident. His only option was to flee the vehicle, after he realized brake failure and noticed smoke rising from the engine. The bus is said to be owned by one Sekou Kanneh. Up to press time, no report of human casualty was reported.

The yellow buses are commonly called “Killer Bean” because drivers of such commercial vehicles are known to be reckless and arrogant.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Most passenger cars in Monrovia are disasters waiting to happen. I have seen taxis with damaged gas tanks. The drivers use separate containers in the trunk or directly in the back seat areas with gas and pipes running towards the original gas reservoirs. Suppose a smoker enters one of these taxis? That has been my question. When enter these kinds of taxis, you first smell gasoline. I was on another taxi without wiper blades. When it was raining, the driver was wiping the rain water with his bare hands. These are all risky adventures that shouldn’t be happening in the 21st century anywhere mehn. LIB is 170 plus years old.

    It’s even worse when they can’t read traffic signs. They over take where they are not supposed to. When approaching a city or town with speed breakers, they increase their speed. What a country! Easy to handle problems. All lies with the Transport Department with the Police enforcing the rules. The people being killed are tax payers.

  2. It is pity to see incident like this occurring in mid-town Monrovia, the Capital city of the oldest country in Africa. This kind of problem is derived from appointing or hiring of unqualified people. Liberia should build an inspection lot where all vehicles, including Government vehicles should be inspected by trained mechanics hired by the Ministry of Transports. I saw people with vests with inspection written on their vests, around Monrovia doing nothing. I witnessed an incident of Water tank falling off a water truck at the intersection of Newport street and Benson street, the tank almost damaged a car from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. Every Liberian thinks that he/she knows it all, because of this bad attitude other people that know, are afraid to correct them. ” He who thinks he knows, he knows nothing.” What if Passengers were on board that yellow bus? All of these are signs of corruption and carelessness.

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