It was simply an act of God yesterday at the ELWA junction, when a pregnant woman, three students and a driver escaped out of a burning Nissan Palmera taxi cab.
The incident, which occurred just outside the Isaac A. David High School fence, saw the cab engulfed in flames, with the driver, identified only as AB (Abraham) and onlookers in awe, unable to save the vehicle.
Speaking to the Daily Observer after the loss of the vehicle, AB said when he saw the fire under the hood of his car, he pulled over to the side of the road, after which the occupants quickly made their way out of the vehicle.
“I don’t know what exactly was wrong with my car,” AB said, adding that the cab was running well when he picked up his passengers.
During the confusion, several individuals managed to turn the vehicle on its side in an effort to put out the fire from the source, albeit without success.
Mr. Sam Totimeh, an eyewitness, said he suspected “lack of engine oil” as the cause of the fire.
He noted that many drivers do not check their vehicles before getting on the road, which poses dangers to the lives of passengers, pedestrians and even the drivers themselves.
Efforts to interview the passengers who escaped the flaming cab did not materialize as they had left the scene.
Meanwhile officers of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) who arrived on the scene had no fire to put out because it had consumed the cab, leaving the driver and others to scavenge for salvageable parts of the gutted vehicle.