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Road Accidents ….. how do they do it?

We recently came across this lorry on its side in the middle of a village on a perfectly straight road. It was towing a long trailer loaded with barrels of tar. How it simply toppled over is anyone’s guess. We supposed the load on the trailer de-stabilized:

I hope no-one got hurt!

I hope no-one was hurt!

A few days earlier Carlo came across this concrete mixer on its side. It was full with concrete mix. What a mess this would be. Again the accident happened on a straight country road. Speeding we imagined and again the concrete slopping around inside knocked it off balance??

Stricken concrete mixer full of unset concrete

Stricken concrete mixer full of unset concrete

This lorry is an accident looking for a place to happen:

Lookat the bulge on the right hand side and how off balance the lorry is!

Look at the bulge on the right hand side and how off balance the lorry is!

 

A mixed load

A mixed load!

Lorries being heavily loaded with cotton and rice

Lorries being heavily loaded with cotton and rice

Perhaps they should stick to this safer form of transport?

Perhaps they should stick to this safer form of transport!

On our recent drive back to the capital from Moundou Carlo counted 58 vehicle wrecks!  Somewhere en route we passed a friend of our driver Mohammed who waved and gave a big smile.  Apparently 5 minutes later that friend rolled his car and ended up in hospital. He tried ringing Mohammed to tell him he was in trouble but this was the day when most people, Mohammed included, had agreed to switch off their mobile phones in protest at the rising costs from the telephone companies Tigo and Airtel.  So the friend in need …….. alas his call for help wasn’t heard.  We chastised Mohammed.

Now I know why Annabelle stands in front of  her company drivers before each trip and says very firmly ‘remember, safety first!’.   This logo is also posted in large letters at the entrance of all Geyser sites in Chad.

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