A nineteen year old boy, Mohamed Koroma, a student from Christ the King College (CKC), Bo, who had travelled for the first time to Freetown to sit to the private WASSCE was confirmed dead after a commentator’s booth near the pavilion suddenly collapsed at the Aberdeen mini stadium construction site.
The incident which took place on Saturday June 9, 2017 during a practice match between Police Barracks Community and Uptamba Community teams was witnessed by hundreds of residents in the community.
According to eye witnesses, the structure collapsed during Saturday’s downpour. Some footballers and people who had taken shelter in the booth were also among the victims.
A total of 16 people were seriously injured and rushed to the Emergency Hospital in Goderich. Two of the victims are reported to be in a very critical condition.
Speaking to this reporter immediately after the incident, residents of Aberdeen community accused the Honorable of Constituency 111, David Johnson, who is presently undertaken this project as part of his corporate social responsibility to the community for not properly put up a good structure in the field.They confirmed to this reporter that there was serious confrontation between members of the community and Hon. David Johnson for building the commentator’s booth at that particular area where the incident occurred. The two back pillars of the collapsed structure were rooted out by the rain as it was flimsily erected.
Speaking to this media at Emergency Hospital in Goderich were all the victims were taken to, Hon. David Johnson informed this reporter that the contractor who built the booth said it was meant to hold not more than five people. He said the work was unfinished and should have been completed this coming dry season.
He said that his good gesture has become bad even though he is working diligently and very hard to please his people. “I am using my hard labour and taking loans from banks to satisfy my people,” he confided to this reporter.
Meanwhile, he has sent condolences to the relatives of those affected by the crash and have visited all the victims of Saturday’s unfortunate tragedy.