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The New Dawn Liberia

A taxi driver died instantly Tuesday, May 6, 2014 under a forty-foot container truck along the Ibrahim Bandamasi Babangida highway, named in honor of former Nigerian Head of State in Grand Cape Mount County after a terrible road accident, which occurred at about 5:00pm. The victim, believed to be in his late 30s and only identified as Momo, was a father of five.

The deceased was driving a yellow Nissan Sunny taxicab marked TX 9951 when his vehicle collided with a yellow and blue container truck marked TT 1548 as both vehicles descended a hill heading toward Sime Darby Plantation in Amadu Community, Bomi County.

Eyewitnesses say the taxi had overtaken the container truck when it encountered another vehicle from the opposite direction when in an attempt to maneuver its way between both the truck and the approaching vehicle lost control and somersaulted along with the truck into a valley.

The taxi finally came to rest with its four tyres pointed to the sky while the container truck separated from its carrier and rested over the taxi, exactly where the taxi driver was seated, thereby crushing him to death and leveling the vehicle to the ground.

With the help of machetes and other tools, rescuers formed two teams to recover occupants of both vehicles simultaneously. They managed to recover the truck driver alive, who reportedly broke his two legs with two passengers onboard the taxi, a male, and a female, sustaining serious injuries.

However, it was a dramatic scene when rescuers give-up on their intervention as the taxi driver laid under the vehicle in a pool of blood, slowly giving up the ghost.

Passersby and passengers of other vehicles, mostly women could not hold back their tears and emotion. An expression of frustration was displayed by both the Liberia National Police (LNP) and onlookers when they suspected that the man was already dead.

UNMIL-Bomi office was contacted to help, but authorities there said they lack the capacity to intervene because all their equipment which could be used for the rescue operation was already in Monrovia.

Two hours later, two yellow machines reportedly provided by the Sime Darby Management arrived and removed the container. It was another skillful operation in removing the dead body off the vehicle as it remained scrapped to its seat and stuffed in the crushed vehicle.

One rescuer said he felt broken bones on the body, including the arm of the deceased while others, who claimed to be relatives of the man, took possession of his body. The rest of the victims were rushed to the Sime Darby hospital in Bomi County. Police say they managed to secure goods onboard the two vehicles while investigating is underway to establish the actual cause of the accident.

Witnesses say the taxi cap normally commutes on the Monrovia-Babangida Highway. They said it was transporting assorted food and household items from Monrovia to Bo-waterside at the Liberia-Sierra-Leon boarder, while the container truck carried a consignment of fertilizer believed to be for the Sime Darby Plantation.

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