A tragic accident occurred on Wednesday in the commercial district of Redlight in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, leaving one person dead. A boy believed to be between 14 and 16 years died painfully after a forty-foot container fell on a bus travelling from Kakata in Margibi County to Paynesville. There was no other casualty reported.
The forty-foot container reportedly fell on the bus while bye-passing a deep pop hole just after drive-passing the “Gorbachop” Junction at Redlight. Eye witness at the scene of the accident told this paper that the driver (name not available) and passengers escaped from the bus before it was smashed completely by the forty-foot container.
Marie Johnson, a business woman in Redlight who also witnessed the accident told journalists that after the container fell, the boy was unable escape like others did because one of his hands got struck between two irons.
“Your cut my hand so I can live than to die under this truck,” Johnson quoted the boy as screaming in fear.
She said a cutlass was made available for someone to chop off his (boy) hand so as to remove him from beneath the container, but to no avail as no one could develop the courage to do what he requested.
The boy, who could not be identified by anyone in Redlight, lay sorrowfully dead in the smashed bus under the container truck, while police and others struggled to remove the container from the smashed vehicle to retrieve the body.
Though the police are yet to establish the cause of the accident, residents and marketers of the area attributed the accident to deplorable road conditions, noting that accidents usually occur at the same spot of Wednesday’s tragic situation.
Angry onlookers were heard raining condemnations of all sorts on the government for ignoring the rehabilitation of Redlight road ahead of the reconstruction of the Redlight-Gbarnga Highway.