B’da –Bali Road Collision Leaves 14 Hospitalized

Head on Collision B'da-Bali Road

Head on Collision B’da-Bali Road

A head-on collision between two cars plying the Bamenda-Bali road last Friday has left 14 people, including a 2 year old child injured and admitted to hospitals in Bamenda, Njinikom and Mbingo.

Some victims at the Bamenda Regional Hospital said the collision at Naka, about 300 metres from the bridge towards Bali happened when a Toyota Corolla-100, matriculated CE1667W from Bali to Bamenda with 7 passengers onboard attempted to over take another car and rammed into an approaching Toyota Corolla-90 Lift back, matriculated LT6196R carrying 7 persons on its way to Bali from Bamenda.

One of the driver was rushed to Njinikom due to a severely damaged rib bone, two others were taken to Mbingo while the rest are still are the Bamenda Regional hospital attending to treatment.

A family member of one of the driver complained to Bamenda Online bitterly blaming the accident on negligence on the part of the forces of law and order and the drivers.

“Both cars were overloaded and have crossed at least one police check point each” he fumed with anger as he surveyed the crash site.

“Why are they even on the road, and who is responsible for their actions and negligence?” he wondered aloud. “I am not saying my brother is not at fault, they are not supposed to over load a vehicle meant for four people with up to 7 people all cramped up” he continued.

His complaints were instantly bought by some onlookers who joined him to share their displeasure at the manner and reasons for the numerous road controls on our major roads.

The 20 km distance between Bamenda and Bali is manned by at least three security check points at any given time of the day, including the ‘Routiere’ but this has not stop the drivers from overloading or over speeding leading to numerous accidents on a monthly basis.

Both vehicles were left badly damaged

Both vehicles were left badly damaged

A regular driver on the road we met at the crash site confessed that they dish out between 2500 and 3000 Frs. daily to security controls on the Bamenda-Bali road, 1000frs for the two shift at the Mile 90 mix police and gendarme control post, 1000frs to the ‘Routiere’ at Teenmission and 500frs for the Bali mix control at Mile 8. This goes up to 3000frs on days when there are Road safety controls. Because of this, they are bound to over load to make up for their daily balance.

And when asked what would happen if they get all the necessary documents and avoid over loading, he said there was nothing as such, and doing just that will make your job rather very difficult he said, reminding me that they are known as ‘clandos” a word meaning clandestine transport.

By Abongwa fozo

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