Hundreds of people on the night of yesterday Thursday 8th January 2009 stormed the Eastern Police vicinity to witness the scene of a gruesome accident. The accident which occurred at the Goderich/Lumley Streets intersect resulted in the damage of a Prado jeep, Benz 230 car, two sunny taxis, motorbike (okada) and bowser tanker.
The accident reportedly started when a trailer with a 40 feet container, which was heading towards the west end of the city, developed brake failure while approaching the hill of Goderich Street. According to reports gathered at the scene, the reversing trailer hit the Bowser Truck that was right behind it, before it finally stumbled to a halt. The container that was on the trailer was forced to be offloaded by the bang of the trailer at a building situated on the intersect of the Goderich/Lumley Streets. The forcefully offloaded 40 feet container landed right on top of a prado jeep and motorbike, which were both damaged beyond repairs. The driver of the prado jeep, Amadu Juldeh Sow residing at Lumley Street, miraculously survived the accident, as onlookers aided his removal from the car. The bowser truck that was earlier hitted by the reversing trailer stumbled on two sunny taxis and a Benz 230 car before it finally somersaulted over the Goderich Street Bridge. Both the drivers of the trailer and the bowser truck reportedly jumped off before their vehicles reach final destinations.
No death occurred although a few people sustained serious injuries in the accident.
One Ibrahim Kamara who identified himself as the apprentice of the trailer in question disclosed to the Awareness Times newspaper that the driver of the trailer was only employed yesterday, adding that the brakes of the trailer was also not in a good condition. "As we approach the hill, I came down the trailer to aid it with a stone as the brakes were in a bad shape," the apprentice disclosed. From his explanation, he went up the Sackville Street junction to explain to the traffic police manning the area that his trailer has a brake problem, and that the officer should see reasons to grant them access climb the hill without delay. "It was during my return that I saw the truck had already lost it brakes and was reversing in a high speed," he said, adding that efforts to get another stone to stop the car proved unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, a fork lift later reached the scene and removed the container from the jeep and motorbike, which were squeezed to ground level.
The presence of senior police personnel from the Eastern Police Division and the Police Headquarters was visible.
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