The Redlight, Paynesville commercial district was on Monday, 29 May the scene of grieve and tears when a 22-seator transport bus instantly smashed the head of a 60-year-old woman, who had gone to the market for business transaction, leaving her dead.
Eyewitnesses narrate that the deceased was traveling along with a grandchild, who narrowly escaped the accident unharmed after the bus hit her grandmother. Though the identity of the victim was not disclosed, eyewitnesses continue that the incident occurred while the woman was passing behind the vehicle, which was reportedly parked up the hill around the Redlight groundnuts warehouse.
According to them, the driver of the vehicle allegedly failed to apply his hand break, which every driver must do while parking, but he didn’t do in the instant case, noting that minutes following the accident, the driver hurriedly reported himself to the police after being cheesed by dozens of angry mob.
The onlookers further note that the victim had identification card to indicate where she hailed from in order to establish contact with her relatives. The situation compelled most people with business establishments in the area to close their respective businesses due to the sad incident.
In recent times, the leadership of the Federal of Transport Union of Liberia relocated parking stations, including the Duala and Barnesville from the main road to the back of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization sub-office in Redlight due to congestion as a result of ongoing road construction projected along the Somalia Drive-Paynesville route sponsored by the Government of Japan.
Most bus drivers out rightly park their vehicles on the newly paved road to pick up passengers. Police spokesman Sam Collins could not be reached despite several calls placed by this paper as his mobile phone was switched off.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne