National Transit Authority Confirms Six Deaths In Accident, Describes It As National Catastrophe

The Management of the National Transit Authority (NTA) has confirmed the deaths of six persons in a tragic accident involving one of its buses in Zeanzue, Bong County on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. The NTA says 55 commuters sustained injuries (major & minor) and were taken to Phebe Hospital.

Accordingly, Phebe Hospital treated and discharged 30 commuters who experienced minor injuries while currently twenty-five (25) commuters are being treated at the hospital.

In a statement issued on last Thursday, NTA said its bus No. 5138 left Monrovia on Tuesday at 8:00am and headed for Ganta, Nimba County. The bus crew consisted of Mr. Robert F. Lamie (driver) and Saymon Jarwleah (conductor), departed Red Light with 68 passengers, including women and children, the Authority said.

According to the statement, at 12:00 noon around Zeanzue in Bong County, experienced a tragic accident and cause of the accident is still unknown.

“Officers of the Liberia National Police and our accident investigation team are investigating the cause of this tragic accident,” the release said.

The release continued: “Fellow Liberians, as a result of the sad event, we lost six (6) commuters and several others sustained major and minor injuries. Immediately upon hearing the disturbing news, we dispatched an advanced team to Zeanzue. The locals of Zeanzue, LNP officers, other commuters and our advanced team worked frantically to remove our fellow Liberians from the wreckage.”

The entity said information on these commuters will be released to the press and public as they unfold.

Meanwhile, NTA said it is deeply hurt and saddened by the accident, noting, “As we face this national catastrophe, we are in prayer and remain empathetic with those Liberians who are victims of this tragedy. Along with our insurance partners and the Liberia National Police, we will do everything in our grasp to bring the situation under control and to work with the medical team at Phebe Hospital.”

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