The people of Bamenda were taken aback when a cab with a driver onboard suddenly went into a waterway in Old Town on Thursday evening.
When an MMI reporter got to the scene of the accident, the taxi was under a bridge with the wheels facing up.
Many onlookers are wondering if the occupants survived, as the taxi went off the road at a distance of about 15 meters before finding its way into the pit.
The accident has been blamed on the poor state of the road and what road users term “rough road work” with no road signs, which they believe endangers the lives of the population.
The Veterinary Junction – Ayaba Street is part of the Trans-African Highway, which links Cameroon to Nigeria, and is where the accident occurred. They earmarked the road for tarring, but no major progress has been done so far.
The Bamenda City Council recently carried out road work on the stretch. Most road users were dissatisfied with the road’s maintenance using earth, as it made it muddy.
“This road’s slippery nature, poor drainage, and lack of road signs are enough to send anyone to the pit,” comments a bike rider.
Many people arrived after the accident, and we still don’t know the situation of the occupants of the vehicle.
The new order within Bamenda City is bumpy and muddy roads, and no one seems to care.
Authorities constantly blame insecurity for their failure to provide basic social amenities.