By Patrick C.M. Kollie
At least five people lost their lives late Sunday, August 26, 2018, on the Kakata/Monrovia highway when a pickup and a taxi cab collided head-on.
Both drivers were among those that were pronounced dead by doctors at the government hospital in Kakata.
Other occupants, who sustained injuries, including broken legs and fractures of other body parts, were rushed to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia where they were reportedly placed in the intensive care unit.
According to reports, the accident occurred near 15 Gate, opposite the Morris-American Rubber Company’s (MARCO) bungalow in Montserrado County.
The two vehicles, eyewitnesses said, were traveling in the opposite direction at high speed when they collided head-on, thus killing five of the occupants, including the two drivers.
The deceased were identified as Kelvin Trokon Page, driver of the Nissan Almera bearing license plate #A-218582; Anthony Konodu, driver of Nissan Hardbody, plate#A-58885; and three other persons.
All five are males.
About 13 occupants were riding on both vehicles. Eight other victims were taken to the only government hospital in Kakata, while seven were transferred to John F. Kennedy Memory Hospital in Monrovia.
One of the survivors, whose condition seemed not to be critical, expressed happiness for surviving the horrible encounter, thanking God for saving his life. Other survivors were identified as Kpakele Gbelema, Rebecca Sackie Gbelema, Yamah Sam, and Patrick Dolo.