Two persons perished to death in Glarlay, a town in Nimba at the border between Liberia and Ivory Coast on July 17 2010 at about 5pm, when a giant side tree fell on them while returning to town from their village.
According to Osaka Taeh, a resident of Glarlay, the two victims and family members were coming from the farm when the big tree standing near the road for years suddenly fell and crumbled them to death. At least 5 other got seriously wounded.
According to another eyewitness, there was a heavy downpour of rain the day before from 6AM to 6PM, and the rain resumed throughout the night until the next day. The family of the victim had gone that day in search of food for the week-end.
The two victims are a 35 years old lady, Esther Slamie, and her 6 months old child Wakapoe Slamie who was on her back the time the accident occurred. “The tree fell on the woman and kills her and baby instantly.” The eyewitness said.
The husband of the deceased, Jackson Slamie who was also part of the convoy narrowly escaped death with his second wife and other children who were all part of the group that was coming from the farm.
In another development still in Glarly, a 23 years old man died the same day in mysterious circumstances following his return from a gold man. “The young man returned from the gold mine acting like someone who had swallowed a drum of cane juice.”
An eyewitness told New Dawn. “He suddenly dropped and died on the spot”, he added.