Sunday 21st March 2021: The Management of Kingho Investment Company Limited is with the greatest regret informing the general public that its train which depart from Ferengbeya Village, Tonkolili District, yesterday Saturday 20st March 2021 around 16:00GMT and was plying through the 192 kilometre railway for the port town of Pepel around 18:50 GMT yesterday hit a 2 yrs old girl at CM 3, Kilometre 66 near Yonkro Village, Maforki Chiefdom, Port Loko District.
According to report collected from our train operators, the 2 yrs old girl was playing on the rail when the bucket of the moving train hit her right foot. Ever since, she was rushed to the Port Loko Government Hospital. The Company paid visit to family and the hospital and from the Port Loko Government Hospital we facilitated her immediate transfer to the Emergency Hospital in Freetown where she is currently in a stable condition.
So far, management has been very robust and swift in its response to the incident. This is in tandem with our commitment in putting safety modalities in place to ensure that residents along the railway are protected while our operations are going on.
Over the past weeks, we have engaged communities around the railway both on community radio stations and through community sensitization about the need to use the legal level crossings, before they pass the level crossing stop, listening and look for trains. We also urged pedestrians to maintain a 3 meter distance away from the railway on both sides.
Another key message from us was for communities along the railway to look after their children. We also educated them not to put anything on the rail or climb up the wagons, etc. We have also recruited level crossing flagman directly from the villages close to railway to further help in protecting residence around the rails.
All these robust measures are indications to reiterate the commitment of Kingho Management on the importance to the safety of the affected communities along the railway. We understand the development of the companies cannot be achieved without the support of communities and the communities would also benefit from our development. Thus, we expect the communities to provide an enabling environment for the optimal performance of the project.
It is our hope that this public notice will re-echo our commitment towards protecting the safety and health of all Sierra Leoneans around our direct impact operational areas.