Funeral Procession Accident Leaves Many Injured

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A Toyota Land Cruiser conveying mourners to a gravesite was reportedly involved in a terrible accident yesterday about 10:30 a.m. on the A.B. Tolbert Road in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

The vehicle was reportedly a part of a funeral cortege heading for the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in the Parker Paint community of Paynesville, for the funeral service of the Head of the Borough Funeral Home, the late Jusu B. Momo.

The accident, according to eyewitnesses, occurred when the Land Cruiser collided with a commercial bus, leaving the drivers of both vehicles severely wounded.

Liberia National Police (LNP) Traffic Commander Jacob Aaron Vessele confirmed the accident, saying that passengers on board the two vehicles who sustained fractures along with the drivers were rushed to a nearby hospital.

“Up to present, we have not recorded the deaths of any of the occupants at the accident scene,” Inspector Vessele told reporters.

He attributed the cause of the accident to “mechanical fault,” which the vehicle in the funeral procession might have experienced.

He said as an experienced police officer, “I can clearly see which vehicle is at fault here. The fact that the Land Cruiser left its lane, says a lot about the way the accident happened.’’

Vessele disclosed that the Land Cruiser lost its left front tire when it collided with the bus.

He meanwhile cautioned that police were investigating to establish the next course of action.

The two vehicles were later towed from the scene of the accident by a local company until insurance issues are settled, Vessele said.

Yesterday’s accidents happened after a tragic motor accident on the Gbarnga/Monrovia highway barely two weeks ago left at least nine dead.

Another terrible accident happened on the Somalia Drive in Jacob Town, Paynesville, almost a fortnight ago, killing all three persons on board.

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