An inattentive taxi driver, who overlooked the ‘right of way’ and swerved his taxi into the other lane, caused a major accident with a private car that injured seven persons, two of them seriously.
The accident took place yesterday near Mandela Field on Bushrod Island in Monrovia at about 11:30 a.m.
Eyewitness, Phillip F. Kemaya told the Daily Observer that he saw a pool of blood in the taxicab, describing the accident as “horrible.”
Kemaya said he was on his way to church when he witnessed the accident, which he said, “scared” him.
“I counted approximately seven persons from both cars, but a woman and an older man were seriously injured (with) blood on their faces,” Keyama said.
He said the private car made an abrupt U-Turn, wanting to go into a nearby gas station, but did not look to see if the oncoming vehicle, a taxi, was aware of his action.
“As he made the U-Turn and jumped into the other lane, the taxi drove into the front of his car,” Kemaya said.
He said the loud noise created such confusion that bystanders thought someone had been killed on the spot.
“Thank God no one has died so far,” Kemaya said. He said the seven victims were rushed to the nearby Redemption Hospital.
At the Redemption Hospital, medical staff confirmed receiving the injured but refused to discuss their conditions because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Police officers at the Zone One Depot visited the scene of the accident and started investigations into the accident.