Road Accidents is undeniably one of the leading causes of death in Sierra Leone. Even though the circumstances or the actual causes for each road accident may vary, the fact remains that quite a good number of People are killed by road accidents every other day. Such accidents can either occur on extremely bad roads or on relatively very good roads.

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One of the most recent of these accidents occurred at Konta Village along the Lunsar/Gberay Junction Highway on Sunday 25th September at about 8pm. It involved a Volvo Truck with registration Number ABK- 092 and a Nissan Premiere Taxi Car –ALZ 713. The Driver of the Volvo Truck is Dauda Sesay of No. 1 Kamajor Bridge –Waterloo, while the Taxi Car was under the control of Sheick Osman Kamara of No. 17 Water Street –Makeni.

Traffic Police Sergeant 4880 Sankoh Thaimu is the Investigating Officer in this matter. He said both Vehicles were heading towards the Gberay Junction direction from Lunsar Area when the Taxi Car ran into the rear of the stationary Volvo Truck. He explained how one Alhassan Barrie said to be a final year student at FBC died on the spot while 5 others were seriously injured.

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He said in an interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency[SLENA], the victims were rushed to the Emergency Hospital in Freetown, where they are undergoing medical treatment. The Investigating Officer said both vehicles were later conveyed to the Port Loko Police Station, where the matter is being investigated. Sergeant 4880 Sankoh Thaimu further explained how the remains of Alhassan Barrie – the fatally injured person, have since been handed over to relatives for burial, after a post-mortem examination at the Government Hospital in Port Loko.

Inspector Idrissa Kargbo is the Traffic Management and Road Safety Officer at the Port Loko Police Unit. He said even though they are yet to ascertain the actual cause of the accident, it cannot be unconnected with over speeding. He said the Taxi pasted itself underneath the Volvo Truck and that they were only able to detach it in Port Loko. He maintained that most of the road accidents that occur in his area of responsibility are as a result of either over speeding or overloading.

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Inspector Kargbo used the opportunity to outline some of the challenges his Management is faced with, while commending the efforts of the Locals at Konta village for salvaging the situation. He accepted that himself and his Personnel of Traffic Officers, went a little late at the Scene of accident because of the difficulty in securing a vehicle to Konta Village. He therefore singled out the acute need for a Patrol Vehicle to enhance their efficiency such as monitoring the Highway, availing their presence on time in case of an accident and to be able to convey victims to the Police or Hospital without undue delay. He said they would greatly appreciate if the authorities could provide them with communication sets to keep him in touch with his Personnel for updates.

The Traffic Management and Road Safety Officer said, he is currently on a sensitisation drive in Schools with the Regional Traffic Officer to help School – going Pupils appreciate the need for the use of Protective Crash Helmets as well as the potential dangers in excessive speeding and overloading. [By Hassan Bruz]