This morning while taking the bus to work we came across the scene of an accident near Stop and Shop Waigani. People were gathered trying to get a glimpse of what had happened. A pedestrian told us there was a fatality – a teacher was hit by a vehicle that veered out of control. It was the third accident I had seen along the same stretch of road.
Only a weekend ago, an accident happened right in front of where I reside. A bus belonging to the Port Moresby General Hospital collided with a black Toyota 5th Element Hilux. Then only yesterday a PMV bus smashed into the back of a small sedan. Fortunately, no one was hurt. However, the same cannot be said about this morning’s accident.
While it was disturbing to see the accident, I was also disturbed by the activities of bystanders and pedestrians. There were three groups of people at the scene; those who wanted to see the accident and hear what happened, those who saw what happened and were telling everyone (including the police) about it, and finally the despicable opportunistic bunch who were to make money off the tragedy.
The last bunch was literally ripping apart the vehicle that had caused the accident. Unashamedly and defiantly they removed anything and everything they could sell. As we passed by a man was removing the seat covers. It was a tragic sight. The accident had become an opportunity for some to get something.
I guess someone’s loss is another man’s gain.