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In Sierra Leone, Bo/Kenema Highway Accident Kills 3 Persons
By Edward Tommy
Sep 28, 2011, 17:06

A gruesome road accident along the Bo/Kenema highway has claimed the lives of three people leaving other passengers severely injured. Those sustaining injuries are presently hospitalised at the Kenema Government Hospital.


The accident occurred on Saturday September 24, 2011 between 7am and 8am. The driver, one Mr. Kassim and an Indian national and a Traffic Warden identified as Pa Momoh, were the unfortunate passengers who died.


Speaking to one of the injured victims in his sick bed at the Kenema Government Hospital, Mr. Joseph Puvande, he said they left Bo for Kenema onboard a red 3-rowed seater taxi. He said upon approaching Blama Junction they saw a broken truck stationed around a deep curve. He said no break down sign post was placed to notify approaching vehicles about the presence of a broken down truck. Reports say the taxi driver saw the broken-down truck too late and by the time he wanted to manoeuvre to avoid the truck, another vehicle from the opposite end was approaching fast and the taxi driver had no alternative but to drive straight underneath the truck.


Speaking to some drivers at the How For Do Park in Kenema, they expressed grave sorrow for those who lost their lives.


They blamed the truck driver for failing to put a break down sign post in front and back of the stationary truck.


Talking to family members of the dead driver, they said he was their bread winner. Reports say the Traffic Warden Pa Momoh was said to be resident in Kenema but working in Bo.

He was just coming from work when he met his death.

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