News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Truck kills businessman

By Hou Akot Hou

On Sunday, a vehicle struck a businessman who was riding a motorbike on the Aweil-Wanyjok highway, instantly killing him.

The deceased trader was hurrying to Wanyjok with his goods for a market day that is held every Sunday.

The acting director for traffic police in Aweil, Mr. Angou Deng, told this outlet on Tuesday that the incident was shocking when the young man died as he was pursuing his livelihood.

The deceased has been identified as Garang Lual Lual, who hailed from Aweil North County.

Mr. Angou blamed the tragic incident on over speeding. He urges the public to observe the traffic safety measures, which include slowing down, using mirrors to see backward, and so forth.

The trader was ferrying his goods on the bike, and the truck was coming from Aweil East County heading to Aweil Town when the two collided.

Angou didn’t reveal whether the truck belongs to a company or not.

Traffic police officers advised the public to go slow while riding, especially motorists and drivers.

He cited three deaths caused by over speeding in July alone.

The director for roads and bridges in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal state, John Yai Koch, admitted the fault of potholes, which he noted predominantly require renovation.

“We in the Ministry of Roads and Bridges know about the damaged parts on the highway,” he said.

“But I want to appeal to the road users that we are working hard to fix them by engaging the companies contracted by the state government to renovate them.” He added.

Mr. Angou also appealed to the road users to respect each other while on the highway by not riding speedily.

The public does accuse the companies doing road construction of killing people with their trucks, labeling the blame on unskilled manpower being employed to drive the heavy trucks, which cause deaths.


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