13 February 2013

Liberia: Police Officer Died, Others Injured in Accident

Tern — A tragic road accident involving one taxi cab and a commercial motorcyclist in Red-Light, Paynesville has left a police officer instantly killed, and seven others sustaining severe injuries on Monday, Armed Forces Day. The identities of those wounded and the dead police were not established up to press time, but eyewitnesses described the accident as nasty.

The scene of the incident was littered with a pool of blood and human parts with personal belongings of the victims scattered all over the place, making onlookers to scream in grieve. Some residents of the Paynesville community and marketers at the Red-light Market are yet to come to term with themselves because of the tragedy on Monday.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the taxicab seemed to have lost control of his steering due to high speed enroute from Gardnerville to Red-light, while the commercial motorcyclist was attempting to cross the street. The driver, who lost control, ran straight into the crowd, hitting seven (7) pedestrians, including another taxi cab stopped by a police officer for inspection.

"The police officer stopped another taxicab, asking the driver for his document. It was in that process that this uncontrollable taxicab came and hit the police officer killing him instantly before stopping later," an eyewitness narrated.

Those who sustained injuries on the scene were taken to Benson Hospital within the same Paynesville area for medication. It is not known if there was any additional death at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the driver of the taxicab involved in the accident has been arrested by the police, and is being undergoing preliminary investigation before he can be subsequently forwarded to court for prosecution.

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