Tragedy Hits Weah’s Convoy
…Two Killed, Several Critically Injured
The Monrovia-Gbarnga highway on Sunday was a scene of tragic motor accident involving the Executive Mansion Press vehicle which was in the convoy of President Dr. George Manneh Weah.
Dr. Weah and team were returning from Gbarnga, Bong County, where he went to attend the closing ceremony of the 186th Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church when the vehicle ferrying the Executive Mansion Press Corps was reportedly ran into by another vehicle belonging to former Associate Justice Wilkins Wright,
Cllr. Wright was said to have intruded into the presidential motorcade and consequently collided with the press jeep.
According to the Minister of Information Lenn Eugene Nagbe, there were two fatalities including a lady identified as Victoria Wlue, a passenger riding in Justice Wright’s vehicle, and Gabriel Wilson, commonly called Executive Horn, an employee of the Ministry of State who is a traditional horn blower to presidents.
Minister Nagbe said several others onboard the two vehicles sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga.
He clarified that no other vehicle in the president’s convoy was affected by the accident.
According to information, there were 12 occupants in the Executive Mansion Press vehicle with most of them sustaining critical injuries.
Reports said the driver of the press car, Samuel Zohr, broke his leg, while the president’s video cameraman Gabriel Mills broke his two legs and arm.
A Liberian journalist, Jerry Gaye, who works for Prime FM is said to have broken his leg as well.
The late ‘Executive Horn’ blower has been blowing horn for presidents for about 38 years since he joined the Ministry of State family in 1981.
Meanwhile, President Weah has conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and empathized with the injured.
The President noted that the government will ensure that those injured receive the best treatment possible, Minister Nagbe said.
At the same time, the Executive Protection Service (EPS) has reiterated earlier warnings against the illegal intrusion into the Presidential motorcade as this poses serious danger to the safety of those onboard, including the President.
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