The Deputy Governor of the West Coast Region, Musa B Suso, has lauded the swift response of the authorities to contain further spillage of fuel following an accident involving a heavy duty fuel tanker and a double cabin pickup on Tuesday.
The heavy duty fuel tanker was said to be heading to the Brikama Electricity Power Plant when it somersaulted at the main Airport Junction in Yundum after it collided with a double cabin pickup that was coming from the Kombo Coastal Road Highway. Though there was no casualty, the authorities swiftly moved to the incident to prevent further spillage of fuel, which was said to be about 20,000 litres. It could have been worse if the fuel was a light fuel, said many eyewitnesses.
In an interview with the Daily Observer at the site of the accident, Deputy Governor Susso said the accident was a concern not only for his office, but the surrounding communities as well. He, therefore, applauded the various concerned stakeholders for their timely response.
“It is very important for drivers to be mindful and heed to traffic rules because here [Airport Junction] links to different destinations. Let them [drivers] apply real precaution,” he told the Daily Observer.
On the tanker, DG Suso went on to query as to why such a vehicle would be used to transport heavy duty fuel. “What we are trying to do is to set up a task force committee to assess the actual cause of the accident,” he hinted, but would not go into detail at the time of the interview on Tuesday.
The Executive Director of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Lt. Col. Alhagie Sanneh, who was also present at the site of the accident, had earlier told the Daily Observer that the spillage of the fuel could cause further havoc and catastrophe if not contained in time.
“We want to make sure humans and animals are safe from the consequences of the fuel spillage,” Momodou Jama Suwareh, the Director of Intersectoral Network at the National Environment Agency said, adding that heavy duty fuel has a lot of hazardous chemicals and need to be contained to disallow further spillage on the highway as well as the roadsides.
by Alieu Ceesay