A collision between two vehicles last Friday night in Kampala area of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, caused the death of at least one person and several others sustaining serious injuries.
An eye-witness told the Daily Observer that the accident took place around 5p.m. the previous evening in an area identified as Kampala, near Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
“I saw the bus with plate number TB-0385 coming towards our way,” the witness said, “then suddenly something like a crankshaft developed fault on the moving bus.”
He said the speeding vehicle lifted up in the air and crashed into the advancing taxi.
“It was a terrible scene as the driver of the taxi, a local boy fell down from his car and I think he died because he did not shake when he fell,” he said.
There was no official confirmation of the cab driver’s death.
He added that the cab driver, who could not be identified by name, married a week ago in Buchanan, in grand style.
He also explained that though he could not confirm if there was any death, he saw several people from the bus sprawled on the other side of the road, with many crying for help.
He could also not confirm if there had been such accidents in recent times in the vicinity.
Young men working at a car wash station nearby confirmed that there was a big accident the previous evening, but could not give further detail.
“I heard the story,” one admitted to the Daily Observer, “but I cannot say anything about it.” Local police officers contacted in Buchanan could be of no help since they said they were not the official spokesmen on such issues.
The Daily Observer also learned that not many such tragic accidents had happened in the Kampala Area, though there is a curve that seems to make visibility of on-coming vehicles difficult..
In a related development, In central Monrovia Several Passengers Injured in Accident a commercial bus with no license plate lost control on Benson Street Hill and ran down Meclin Street into a Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation (SWSC) truck, thereby leaving the bus driver and his carboy in critical condition, while several passengers sustained severe injuries yesterday, July 23, 2015.
The incident occurred around 3:p.m when the driver of the car reportedly lost control before his vehicle slammed into a parked LWSC vehicle that was being vacuumed.
Members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) informed reporters that the victims were immediately taken to the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital in Monrovia for treatment.
A survivor of the accident, Samuel Korpu, told reporters after the terrible incident that he escorted his friend to Waterside where his friend had gone to purchase a gift for his sister who will be graduating from the AME University.
On their way home, they got in the bus which lost control and ran into the SWSC truck.
Klajue Tukon, another survivor of the accident, who also sustained injury on his shoulder, explained that he and his friend were seated at the back of the bus when it lost control on Benson Street Hill and swerved off the road down Meclin Street.