It was a terrifying scene Wednesday evening around 5:00 to 6:00 when an ambulance belonging to Montserrado County Service Center crashed into a private vehicle owns by an officer of the Police Support Unit or PSU on Crown Hill, Broad Street in Monrovia.
The PSU officer, whose name was not disclosed, reportedly sustained injuries, and was taken to a nearby health facility for medication. The ambulance, which came from the direction of Capitol Bye-Pass with license plate number GSA-MOH -03-4 towards Broad Street, took the opposite lane while descending Crown Hill when it suddenly ran into the police officer’s private jeep marked PC A-40808.
Speaking to this paper following the accident, a duty Nurse onboard the ambulance Madam Karsoi Akoi, narrated that they took the opposite direction due to traffic congestion and after receiving an emergency call that someone in the Freeport community on Bushrod Island was at a point of death and in need of ambulance to get to hospital.
“We understand that only certain group of individuals is giving the right to use the opposite lane, but in this case, we are there to respond to the needs of every citizen, who makes it their duty to call whenever there is an emergency”, Mr. Akoi added.
He said a call came from one Samson Williams, a resident of Freeport community, informing them about an emergency in the community, narrating “As soon as we received the call, we started to use the opposite side of the road, because there was a huge traffic.”
Akoi continued that “in order to reach to the destination sooner, we had no option, but to move faster; that was how we crashed into this vehicle, believed to be for a police officer, but thank God that none of us is hurt. The only person that is considered hurt for now is the owner of the private vehicle. Whenever we are called for any emergency case, we can’t waste time because it’s human life that matters.”
Jerry Doe, an eyewitness, explained the ambulance driver was on excessive speed and when he passed by, people said step on it driver, meaning he should run faster that’s how the ambulance ran into the jeep.
This is not the first time for such to happen; these guys are always in the habit of running for no reason just to cause problem for us. Every time they want to eat, they will put siren on only for people to clear the road for them, and we can’t continue to live like this in this county where people will just do their own thing and nothing comes out of it, Jerry lamented.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne