Tragedy Strikes School Parade: Mini Truck Accident Kills 3, Injures Several in Careysburg

Jun 1, 2024 - 10:30
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Tragedy Strikes School Parade: Mini Truck Accident Kills 3, Injures Several in Careysburg

Careysburg, Montserrado County – A tragic accident has occurred along the Monrovia-Kakata Highway killing three students and injuring several others including onlookers who had gone to witness the student's drilling program. 

Eyewitnesses reported that the mini truck, traveling from Kakata to Red Light, lost control and struck students and bystanders, resulting in three fatalities and several injuries. The incident happened around 2:31 PM in the King Farm Community of Careysburg, leaving the administration of Mt. Gilead Foundation Junior High School in shock.

Among the victims were spectators and family members who had gathered to watch their children perform in colorful costumes. The truck marked MM 100 with license plate C5455, belonged to Mary’s Meals, a Catholic-run school feeding organization. Witnesses stated that the driver made several attempts to stop the vehicle but ultimately swerved into the bystanders to avoid hitting the students.

The deceased include a 15-year-old girl who died instantly and eight-year-old Satta Henry, who succumbed to internal bleeding at Remedy Hospital. Younger W. Topoe, Officer-In-Charge at Remedy Hospital, informed that Satta Henry was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. Another victim, Ezekiel Nuoh from Peace Community, along with three others, were also brought to Remedy Hospital but were later transferred to John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital due to severe injuries.

Police Spokesperson Cecelia Clarke confirmed the deaths and stated that the driver is currently under investigation by the Liberian National Police (LNP), with assistance from school authorities.

This incident has sparked renewed calls for the Ministry of Education to prohibit schools from parading students on highways and busy streets. Advocates are urging schools to conduct their celebrations in safe environments to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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