A serious road accident occurred along the Makeni Highway on the 6th February, 2023 in which a lorry that was on high speed rammed into the convoy of First Lady, Fatima Maada Bio, after the driver said his brakes failed him whilst he was driving the lorry at top speed.
The First Lady was not hurt but naturally she is very, very concerned over her security staff who are affected.
The lost control lorry narrowly missed the actual official vehicle in which the First Lady, Fatima Maada Bio, was actually seated as she returned to Freetown from Kono via Makeni Highway.
After first missing her official vehicle, the lorry driver continued, with high speed, to hit the back of one of the security vehicles before continuing to actually ride over a third security vehicle; in the process seriously injuring several close protection security officials.
Because of the height of the lorry, the lorry driver did not sustain serious injuries. However, it practically rolled on top of the convoy vehicle, seriously injuring and mauling those who were in it.
It was reported that out of the eight that were in critical conditions six are part of the First Lady’s convoy and two are from the truck.
The Police are investigating the accident including the alleged brakes failure of the lorry. The injured security personnel have been evacuated to Freetown for further medical attention.