What would have been a serious disaster missed residents of Buzzy Quarter on January 11, 2014 when the brakes of a container truck failed and its driver lost control.
The truck came from the road crossing Capitol Bypass stretching down to the former Ministry of Labor.
Eye witnesses told the Daily Observer that they saw the truck passing by without knowing that it had mechanical problems. Much to their surprise, it suddenly crashed into the fence surrounding the old Ministry of Labor building undergoing renovation.
The slum community of Buzzy Quarter is home to hundreds of residents, many of which sell along the roadside while others have their provision centers near the very area where the truck crashed.
The level of damage caused by the truck has not been made clear. However, when the Daily Observer reached the scene of the accident, the broken window glasses were shattered on the side where the wreckage of the truck is still parking.
When the police were contacted on January 13, 2014, spokesperson Sam Collins said the Accident Division was still compiling its report to order the driver and company that owns the truck to court.
According to Mr. Collins, container trucks are not allowed to ply the streets of Monrovia until the evening hours when traffic is less busy. The driver refused to abide by this rule and bypassed the main road leading to the central part of the city.
Mr. Collins said the driver is in custody awaiting a court date, and they were still assessing the damage done to the building to establish the cost.
He stressed that there is a restriction on containers plying the streets in the day until 6 p.m. when traffic has reduced in the streets.
He warned all to abide by the restriction to avoid embarrassment with the police.
Even though the police spokesman admitted to the rule being in place to restrict containers from plying the streets of Monrovia, it remains quite challenging for this restriction to be maintained.
At most times in the day, 20 or 40-foot containers are seen plying streets and delivering goods from the seaport.