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‘Sleepy’ Truck Driver In Terrible Accident …Several Escape Death

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By: Frank P. Martin

GRAND GEDEH/ GREENSVILLE: Several persons including Hero Logging Company’s driver have narrowly escaped death in a dangerous accident that occurred over the weekend along the Zwedru Greensville corridor.

Reports suggest that Hero Logging Company’s trucks have been posing security threats to pedestrians who struggle days and nights to doge the movement of the trucks along the Greenville and Swedru corridors.

One of the gigantic trucks of the logging company felled as a result of its excessive speed, eyewitnesses said.

Several persons sustained major wounds from the accident and were rushed to the government hospital in Greensville, Sinoe County.

Up to press time yesterday, the health conditions of the wounded persons have not established by this paper. It is also not clear as to the number of persons wounded as a result of the accident.

Mohammed Kamara, who identified himself as the truck driver didn’t sustain any injury although he has been arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police detachment in Sinoe County.

Earlier, Kamara told reporters in the region that he left Putu in Grand Gedeh County at about 2 p.m. and headed for to Greenville, Sinoe County, with eight pieces of logs on the truck, with two persons on board.

According to reports, Kamara admitted that while driving, he was tired and sleepy, and when he realized it, it was late for him to take full control of the truck, which led to the accident.

He added that, prior to the accident, he started getting tired, and he thought to reach a nearby town where he normally spent the night hours.

He specifically identified Juazon, Bilibokree City, as his usual sleeping place during night hours.

He said the town was just about few minutes’ drive away. According to driver Kamara, the sleep overcame him while he was driving. He also admitted that by the time he could realize this, he lost control the truck that ran off the road.

Kamara noted that the incident occurred at about 12 am. He said although there was no human life lost, the damages caused to the truck which is belonging to a company are troubling to his job, especially as a contractor for the company.

“I am working as a contractor on a daily hire basis, I am not an employee, that is my biggest worry; we narrowly escaped death, me and the three two boys on board the truck,” Kamara stressed.

An officer of the Liberia National Police based in Sinoe County, Ivin Chayee, said the accident was traumatic for the vehicle operator that he could not ask him any question as regards the cause of the accident.

Officer Chayee added that while the truck driver was in such traumatic state, he could not ask him any questions until he regains consciousness.

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