An electric pole has killed a woman in barely a week after a truck loaded with gravel failed brakes, crashed into an Avenue Stop Agency bus and deviated from its course finally stopping at spot fenced for construction.

The good news about the truck’s accident is that though some people were injured, no one died.

Yesterday Sunday 18, 2016 was another day of mourning for the junction town. The town’s people gathered at Tiko Road, the same spot where in 2012 the palm oil-carrying tanker finally rested when it failed brakes from the Mile 14 hill, to witness a sad scene. A woman selling grilled plantains has been squashed to death by an old electric pole that was rotten from the bottom.

Eye witnesses say the woman had just arrived for her usual grilled plantains business yesterday at about 3:00 p.m. A couple of hours later, her business colleagues noticed that an electric pole a few metres from the victim started falling. They began screaming to alert those around. But since no one called out on her specifically and because she was under an umbrella and could not see, the pole landed on her and she died on the spot.

The deceased was a mother of five children. Sources close to the deceased say her plantains business was the main source of income for her to raise up and sponsor her children’s education. Now mama is gone, what becomes of the children.

Worthy of note is the fact that there are many electric poles in the town of Mutengene that had long lost their stability, especially from the fact that they are rotten from the bottom, and are hanging. Other cases include fallen electric poles leaning on walls and roofs of homes, metal poles that have been attacked by rust and will soon cut away. With such situations, one only wonders about who’s responsible for the maintenance and repairs of these dilapidated erections. Every month the denizens pay their bills.

It’s time the authorities that be looked into the situation and take needed actions or we’ll keep losing enterprising citizens just as a result of negligence.

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