Perry Gonleh, a local farmer near Constine Farm in Nimba County Electoral District 8, was on Thursday, April 22, 2021, found dead along the railroad operated by ArcelorMittal. The section of the railroad in that district that leads to Bong County and onward to Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.
The visual image shows that Perry laying along the rail track with his two legs cut at the knees.
The Liberia National Police (LNP) has launched an investigation into the death of Perry to ascertain the cause of death; however, speculations emerging by looking at the condition of the body indicate that the local farmer may have been killed by a train.
ArcelorMittal-Liberia has confirmed the discovery of the body along its railroad and welcomed the investigation to establish the death of the man. According to Mittal’s Communications Department, the police have removed the body and turned it over to family members for burial.
Though not established yet what killed Perry, ArcelorMittal-Liberia has extended its condolences to the bereaved family and assured that it is cooperating fully with the investigation.
“As a company that prioritizes safety, ArcelorMittal-Liberia continues various public awareness activities using a multi-channel approach to educate and inform the public, especially communities in the proximity of its operations, about the risks posed by various mobile equipment as well as operations of the railway,” a statement from Mittal says.
A couple of such incidents had occurred in the past along the railroad in the same District #8. In October 2018, a train transporting iron ore killed a man identified as Gibson Cooper between Bunadin and Duo. Also in May 2020, a train killed 34-year-old Saye Sahnweh in the same area.