April 10, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
A gruesome road accident at Dodo Curve along Nitti Road in the Moyamba district on Friday 3 April left an employee of Trillion Development Company, Ibrahim Conteh, dead while his Lebanese colleague sustained serious injuries.
According to eyewitness reports, an unlicensed truck with registration number AIG 415 collided with a Toyota pick-up van registered under AIR 916.
The truck, which belongs to Premier Logistics and Supplies Limited with offices at 11 Bolling Street in Freetown, was reportedly running at a very terrific speed on the dusty road.
Community residents rioted as they blamed the mining company in the area for their alleged failure to regularly sprinkle water on dusty roads within their operational areas, which they say could have prevented the accident.
Elder brother of the victim, Abu Bakarr Conteh, Outreach Coordinator at the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), told this reporter that his brother’s death was a big loss to the family and the community.
“It’s very unfortunate that my brother did not live long and sadly had his calling through a fatal accident that could have been possibly avoided,” he said, adding that he was an asset to the community as he advocated for the marginalized.
Police attached to the mining community are investigating the matter, although the truck driver is said to be on the run.
The deceased has since been buried while the Lebanese is said to be responding to treatment at the Surgical Emergency Hospital in Freetown.