LIBERIA: ArcelorMittal Clarifies Media Report, On ‘Man Killed By Its Train In Bong County

0b279bf36914d4094e45276465964722The management of ArcelorMittal, the world’s giant steel company operating in Liberia has clarified recent media report of the killing of a man by a train owned by the company in Bong County, central Liberia recently.

In a statement issued by the management, and a copy emailed to the GNN, echoed that “On Wednesday, March 16th a fatal incident occurred involving an ArcelorMittal Liberia locomotive heading from Tokadeh, Nimba County to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The exact details of the incident are being investigated and ArcelorMittal Liberia is fully cooperating with the police,” the statement continued.

“The company would like to remind the public that walking, playing or sleeping on the train track is illegal and very dangerous. ArcelorMittal is reaching out to the many families along the railroad tracks with the message of staying off the tracks,” the statement noted.

This week the Liberia News Agency (LINA) said police in Bong County are investigating the death of a 40-year-old man who was Wednesday morning reportedly killed by a train belonging to Arcelor Mittal Liberia in Kokoyah District.

LINA quoting Family members in Gbarnga said Toto Jackson Suah left his house in Gbar-ta about 5:00 a.m. to go to the farm for chicken for the funeral of his cousin in Dolo Town.

They said while returning, Suah was knocked down by the train which reportedly came from Yekepa heading towards the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.

The family disclosed that some officials from Arcelor Mittal have visited Gbar-ta and held discussions with them as investigation continues into the death of Suah.

The wife of the deceased, Quata Suah, said she and her late husband have been together for more ten years and have five children.

She clarified that Suah does not drink alcohol.

The acting commander of the Crime Services Department of the Bong County police detachment John Kelenso Flomo told LINA in Gbarnga that the LNP was still investigating circumstances leading to the death of Suah.

Some authorities of Arcelor Mittal, who spoke to the Liberia News Agency on Thursday asking anonymity, confirmed that they have received the report that the company train killed someone in Gbar-ta along the railroad but investigation were ongoing to obtain the facts.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.