Fire guts a jeep with license plate LB A54661 on Thursday, 7 December at the intersection of Johnson and Benson Streets in Monrovia, leaving its entire engine burnt. There was not casualty.
The vehicle heading to town from Bushrod Island suddenly emit flames as it climbs the hill at the intersection of Johnson and Benson Streets, causing commuters and by-standers to run for their lives.
A car loader succeeded in rescuing the driver from the burning vehicle, while another jeep with license plate number LB A59743 arrives on the scene with a fire extinguisher to off the fire, but the car’s engine had already burnt.
The driver, Elijah Koonm narrates that he came from Ganta, Nimba County to buy goods at Red-light market in Paynesville, adding that after buying his goods and was on his way to town, his car went into ditch.
Elijah continues that while struggling to pull his car out of the gully he mistakenly applied 4-wheel instead of neutral gear, adding that accelerating he experienced another problem, this time around, the vehicle was not pulling, so he parked off the road near a garage and called a mechanic, who told him that everything was ok.
He says with the advice from the mechanic, he headed for central Monrovia, adding that while on his way, he noticed that the car was having the same problem, so he called his personal mechanic, who showed him an idea to have the car started, and when he applied the strategy it worked and he drove to town, but laments that his mechanic mislead him by giving wrong advice, which caused the car to be gutted by fire.Elijah discloses that he bought his jeep in July and never anticipated encountering such misfortunate that led to it being gutted by fire.
By Samuel P. Kamara