NTA Driver ‘Was Drunk’

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The management of the National Transit Authority (NTA) has accepted liability for the deaths of six persons in the tragic motor accident involving one of its buses at the Gbarnga and Ganta highway.

An NTA press release has promised that its insurance partners and the Liberian National Police are working together to bring closure to the tragedy.

Bus No. 5138 left Monrovia on Tuesday at 8:00am and headed for Ganta, Nimba County with a crew consisted of Robert F. Lamie (driver) and Saymon Jarwleah (conductor) that departed Paynesville, Red Light with 68 passengers, including women and children, the release explained.

According to NTA, the operator Lamie experienced the tragic motor accident around Zeanzue in Bong County.

Although the NTA said it is still investigating the the cause of the accident, eye witnesses who helped rescue surviving passengers from the capsized bus in Zeanzue, Bong County told the Daily Observer that passengers had complained that the driver was drank alcohol.

“Some of the victims told us that the driver was drunk and driving too fast,” said a source who wished to remain anonymous. “When they told him to stop, he said he knew the road and that was the best option for him.”

As a result of the event, NTA said, “We lost six commuters and several others sustained major and minor injuries.”

The NTA statement said, upon hearing the disturbing information, other commuters and advanced team worked frantically to remove the dead and injured from the wreckage.

“Six Liberian commuters died during the incident and 55 sustained injuries and are currently in Phebe Hospital undergoing medical treatment,” the NTA said.

On the same day, Phebe hospital treated and discharged 30 commuters, the release said, noting that information will be released to the public as it unfolds.

“As we face this national catastrophe, we pray and remain in empathy with those Liberians who lost their lives in the tragedy,” the release quoted NPA management.

Meanwhile officers of the Liberian National Police and NTA accident investigation team are currently carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the incident.

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