At least four passengers riding on a commercial bike have reportedly drowned in the St. John River between Nimba and Bong when a huge pig they were transporting rocked the bike, causing the rider to lose control and plunged into the river.
Locals told The NewDawn Nimba correspondent, who visited the scene of the accident that the family of four came from a border town called Duo in district #8, Nimba heading to a nearby town in Bong County.
The locals identified the victims as a man and his wife alone with their two kids, and the bike rider, including the pig. The NewDawn correspondent said the Duo Bridge over the St. John River situated between the town of Duo in Nimba County and Zorwen town in Bong County has been a death trap for years.
The bridge, which was constructed by the former LAMCO J.V. Operating Company, is said to have lasted over sixty years. A youth group under the banner “Concerned Namibians” recently engaged the mining company Arcelormittal, operating in the county, to help re-condition the bridge.
The group’s head, Saye E.L. Musa, said despite several appeals made to the company, there has been no response. Meanwhile, the bodies of two of the four victims have reportedly been recovered, while search is ongoing for the others.