Tragic Accident Leaves 4 Dead on Kakata-Gbarnga Highway

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The two vehicles collided head-on while speeding

Four people were pronounced dead over the weekend as a result of a tragic motor accident, which occurred along the Kakata/Weala highway in Margibi County.

The two vehicles, according to eyewitnesses, were speeding excessively when they ran into each other head-on, thus killing four of the occupants.

The incident occurred on Friday, July 6, around the Konola Vai Town community area when a Nissan Pathfinder (Silver color) bearing license plate #A-51288 en route from Gbarnga to Monrovia collided head-on with a Nissan Sunny (Green) Station Wagon, plying in the opposite direction from Kakata to Bong County.

According to medical accounts from the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, J. Obley Copper, Martha B. Carter and Mercy Sumo were recorded “dead on arrival” (DOA), while another female victim, whose identity is yet to be established, died few hours after she was admitted.

The other vehicle in the collision in Konola Vai town community

At least four other people were injured. They include Julius Dunor, 20, Oldman Fwegar, 39, Henry Kollie, 18 and Timothy Saar, 30. They are currently undergoing medical treatment at health centers in Margibi and Montserrado counties. The driver of the Nissan Pathfinder, Klemani Gbelema, was the only person that did not sustain a wound in Friday’s incident.

He expressed gratitude to God, describing the situation as so “terrible that it was only through God’s grace that others were able to survive.”

Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) from a traffic division in Margibi County are investigating circumstances that resulted to the accident.

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  1. Here is a short list of what should happen in Liberia in order for us to have safe traffic.

    1) All motor vehicle operators issued a driver’s license/ operator’s permit should “re-attend” (that is if they ever had one) driving courses closely and heavily monitored by the government.This also includes motor bike riders. A vast majority of the latter have little or no regards for safety. Strong emphasis should also be placed on the safety of pedestrians in these courses.

    2) Emphasis should be placed on theoretical aspect of the course to make sure the operator of a motor vehicle understands traffic rules. The candidate should upon completion of the course sit for a test (could be computer based test (random questions from a pool of questions) in a camera monitored room. Any staff caught assisting should be severely punished (prison term for being potentially hazardous to traffic). An oral test (for those who can’t read ) can be given for non computer literates , the test room should also be remotely monitored by cameras to assure the integrity of the test.

    3) Alcohol screening using technical equipment (breathelizers for example )by LNP (non corrupt officers) should be carried out on a daily basis.

    4) There should be a rigid control to make sure all motor vehicles are “road worthy” before getting on the road. LNP or some other autonomous agency under MOT should carry out such technical control on vehicles say every year. If the vehicle is not road worthy it should not be allowed on the road. A lot of accidents occur because vehicles have bad brakes, bad tyres, or some other malfunctional component. Such vehicles should not be allowed on the road.

    5) The government should do it’s parts and build good roads. I must admit the highway this accident happened on is quite good. My best regards to GOL for that.

    This is just a short list. I know it sounds far fetched, but it can be done!

  2. We need to encourage the building of what is know as the Jersey barrier(a divider between the two traffics). Something we need incorporate in existing highways and highways to come for safety reason. We also need a national high way police system to monitor our highways. These are possible solutions, let’s think about it..

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