In less than a month in Liberia dozens of motorists have lost their lives as a result of road accidents in Monrovia and other parts of the Country, terrifying situation described by a local Christian Cleric as “Demons Taken Over Liberia.”
Pastor John Harris of the Faith Of Hope Deliverance Church in Monrovia speaking to our reporter yesterday in a rather mournful state, said it was very unusual to see nowadays on a daily basis the number of road accidents the taken place this year.
He called on his fellow religious leaders to pray for Liberia, noting, “We must pray for this country, demons are taken over this country in search of the innocent people’s blood. If we don’t many more terrible road accidents will happen in this our country,” Pastor Harris speaking further noted.
Yesterday on the Kakata/Gbartala Town, near Zeanzue a tragic motor accident involving the Liberia Government owned National Transit Authority with at least six persons been confirmed dead as a result of a tragic.
A local daily quoting Dr. Jefferson Sibly of Phebe Hospital confirmed the death of six passengers, including children. Several others, among them, one of Nimba County’s famous musicians, Levi Zenaway, sustained serious injuries and are being treated at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County.
Bong County Police Detachment Traffic Commander, Augustine Kanneh, told the Daily Observer that the accident occurred near Gbartala before approaching Zeanzu Town.
He said more than 60 passengers were on board the NTA bus with plate #5138 from Monrovia en route to Ganta, Nimba County.
Inspector Kanneh quoted some of the passengers as saying that the driver was on high speed when he lost control and plunged the vehicle into a valley.
Up to press time last night, identities of the dead have not been established.
Nearby residents who rushed to the scene of the accident, particularly women, wept.
Inspector Kanneh told this newspaper that officers from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) were expected on the scene.
He also said that the driver of the NTA bus, whose identity was not revealed, and who survived the crash, is in police custody.
Police are working with survivors to establish the cause of the accident.
Meanwhile, latest report says family members of some of the victims arrived from Ganta, Nimba County.
They therefore called on the government to monitor and control speed limits on the country’s highways to prevent deaths as a result of excessive speed.
A national Tragedy, I couldn't sleep easily last night when I kept imagining about these people who lost their lives in the accident and those who got wounded and struggling for life. But what shocked me most is that no statement has come from the government on this national tragedy knowing fully well that this bus belongs to a state enterprise.
Just few days before this latest accident this one took place on the Monrovia Buchanan highway