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1 Dead, Several Injured in Twin Accidents

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Residents and passersby were shocked last Saturday when a blue and white mini truck commonly referred to as cat motor with licensed plate TP-452 collided with a motorcycle along the Gbarnga-Monrovia highway, killing one person instantly and leaving two others in critical condition.

The vehicle was reportedly traveling from Monrovia to Gbarnga, Bong County when it killed victim Oretha Kessellie, who was riding on the bike. The two survivors, whose conditions are said to be very critical, include the rider of the motorcycle and another passenger.

Eyewitnesses told this paper that the driver of the truck was in the curve heading from the MOBIL Gas Station in Kakata, Margibi County when he flashed his light in the face of the bike operator, causing him to lose control and run into the approaching truck.

The victim, who reportedly came from a village in the vicinity of the Morris American Rubber Company (MARCO) in Todee District, Montserrado County,  has been identified as the Principal of the Kianga Public School in the same area.  The survivors have been admitted at the C.H. Rennie Memorial Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County.  Police in Margibi are investigating the cause of the accident.

At the same time, barely 20 minutes after the incident, another accident occurred along the Kakata-Monrovia Highway, involving another mini truck  with license plate TP-659 enroute to Gbarnga, Bong County from Monrovia which collided head-on with a taxicab marked TX-979 coming from Kakata to Monrovia, leaving three passengers onboard severely injured.

The injured victims from both accidents have been transferred to Monrovia for further medical attention

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