The picture above pretty much reiterates the title more than anything I could hope to explain. Sadly, I see wrecks like this all the time when making the trip from Abengourou to Abidjan. I’ve also seen them in Ghana, as well as in Congo. Typically they revolve around some idiot truck driver who isn’t properly trained on driving a tractor trailer who then picks up a load that is horribly, horribly unbalanced. One wrong turn or one tap of the brakes at the wrong spot and suddenly the truck jacknifes and goes to hell due to… oh I don’t know, multiple laws of physics such as: a big ass overloaded truck in motion will want to stay in motion unless acted upon by the mis-negotiation of a simple turn.
That said most of the wrecks that I’ve seen have been have been pretty tranquil in comparison to this which happened next to a village called Aniassue about 30km south of Abengourou. The entire trailer is on its side and the truck cab is up in the air like a tree. I mean, look at that wreck. It’s mesmerizing in its absolute destruction. Thankfully, there was a village side road that allow us to bypass this nightmare lest we would have been stuck there for the rest of the day undoubtedly.
It also appears that few if any were hurt in this wreck. That’s because the worst are the logging trucks, which are always incredibly unbalanced with these massive multi-tonne logs cast about the trailer and lightly held in place by a thin chain. It’s often the case that these will lose a log that then flies off to side and kills innocent people who were just standing there. These guys bother me the most, especially as we tried to pass one last Friday who then proceeded to swing in to us and nearly toss our truck in to the bush. Thankfully, there were just a couple of scratches to the paint and we were able to get around him after that with a proper one-finger salute, which fell on blind eyes.
Trucks around here are incredibly dangerous as they just work to haul as much as they can, as fast as the can out of the country for export. This is a shame given the great wealth of talented craftsmen in the country that could actually export finished products instead.