JUBA – A Somali truck driver was arrested on Saturday after he fatally hit and killed a pedestrian who was crossing the street in the capital Juba, an eyewitness who was at the scene during the accident narrated on Saturday.
According to the eyewitness, the accident occurred on Saturday near the VIP Hotel along the Tumbra Road.
“The accident happened half an hour ago, next to the VIP Hotel along the Tumbra Road, and caused outrage from members of the public, but luckily enough the police came and took the reckless driver,” said the eyewitness who asked not to be named.
The accident calls for stronger measures to avoid similar pedestrian accidents in the near future.
Across the country, there is an absolute shortage of traffic police officers.
In Juba, traffic police officers may be present at busy intersections to control traffic, but they are poorly trained and generally spend most of their time inspecting commercial vehicles rather than controlling traffic.
South Sudan descended into a bloody conflict in 2013, killing hundreds of thousands and forcing millions from their homes.