Four people are reported to have died in a road accident around Moliwe, Monday June 1st, along the Mutengene-Limbe highway, Fako division, Southwest Region, Cameroon. According to reports, three vehicles collided causing an explosion. One of the vehicles, report says, was carrying illegal petrol popularly known as “Funge”. The explosion led to the death of four, who were burnt beyond recognition. The vehicle carrying illegal petrol was driving from limbe when it ran into a car heading to limbe.
As the cars collided, flames spread on the two vehicles. While four perished, two were said to have been rescued and taken to the hospital. According to a witness, it took just about 25minutes for the flames to ravage the vehicles. He added that they struggled to rescue two persons before the inferno grew impassable. Another witness said the vehicles were completely burnt down.
Though security officers at the scene maintained that the main cause of the blast can be attributed to fuel leakage, some onlookers suggest it was due to high-speed and the content (fuel) which one of the cars carried. Onlookers say over speeding along the limbe-Mutengene motorway is the main cause of accidents.
Some sources suggest that the ongoing crisis in the North West and Southwest regions of Cameroon also accounts for today’s road accidents. Since separatist fighters have declared Mondays as “ghost town” days, it has made drivers to over speed during Monday rides, in order to avoid any contact with Armed Separatist Fighters on Mondays.
Statistics from the UN Road Safety Review suggests that interurban accidents in Cameroon over the years 2008-2014 was caused by 30.67% drivers inattention and distraction, 19.97% speeding and 18.53% drivers’ lack of control. To remedy this situation, the Review suggests that awareness should be created among the various road users, driver training programs should be improved, and sanctions against risky behaviors should be tightened.
It should be noted that in April 2018, five people perished in a ghastly motor accident in a locally known as Ombe still in the Mutengene-Limbe Stretch of road. Two of the victims were brothers to the then mayor of Buea, late Patrice Ekema Esunge.
Road safety campaigns by the government of Cameroon seem to have yielded little results given the frequency of road accidents in nearly all the towns and cities of Cameroon. These campaigns have been marred principally by corruption, over speeding and poor road network.