Two of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers (bullet proof) were Wednesday involved into a motor accident while on its way to Zwerdew,Grand Gedeh county.
The accident which occurred between Gbarnga and Palala in Bong County, ( over 100 miles) from Monrovia, also left three vehicles with license plates EPS-Executive Protective Service-EPS- 50-(Director or EPS-Othello Warrick's vehicle) EPS, 26 and EPS 28 belonging to the Executive Protection Services (EPS) damaged from the back.
A security source travelling with the president's convoy, told this paper late Wednesday. "The president was not in the car. She will be going to Zwedrew on Friday for the meeting," the source who does not want to be named said.
President Sirleaf's convoy was traveling to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County where she is expected to be joined by her Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Quattara for peace meeting in that city.
The two leaders will discuss wide-range of issues, including peace and security between Liberia and Ivory Coast; both are members of the Mano River Union (MRU).
Last year, Ivory Coast reported that a group of Liberian mercenaries crossed to launch attack, which led to the death of some Ivorians and UN peace keepers. The Liberian Government later arrested 19 persons. They were accused of terrorism, mercenaisim among other crimes. They are currently undergoing prosecution.
When contacted the presidency for comment, an official from the presidency said, "the president is here. If any car was involved into accident, I am not aware of it. Whether EPS vehicles were involved into accident, I am not aware. Since the president came back, she is resting.
The official said, they could neither confirm nor deny the accident, but said, "the president is here."
One of the drivers in the convoy said, he complained of poor eye sight which caused him to run into the vehicle right ahead of him.
It was not established as to whether there was downpour of rain at the time, but the driver (not named) reportedly hit a vehicle that was ahead of him, while that vehicle ran into another vehicle and other one hit the other in sequence.
Liberia is at present experiencing heavy downpour of rains, and more besides, the road leading to Gbarnga and other areas to the southeast are said to be in deplorable conditions.
This Government has awarded the construction of the road from Red Light to Ganta to a Chinese company-Cico. Company sources told this paper that the Chinese company has started, but not at a large scale.
It is unclear whether this is President Sirleaf's first time for her convoy to be involved in an accident since she assumed power in 2006.
However, two months ago, it was reported that one of her vehicles experienced a breakdown while she was traveling to a program in Monrovia.