A deadly accident on Saturday claimed the lives of five people believed to be Senegalese nationals after the driver of an over-speeding bus transporting them lost control of the vehicle.
The accident occurred in Jarra Jenoi in the Lower River Region after the said vehicle with a Senegalese registration number heading from the Cassamance region towards Dakar was said to be driving at a very fast speed in order to meet the ferry at the Yelli Tenda-Bamba Tenda crossing point on time.
The driver according to police sources lost control of the bus when he reached a sharp bend around Jenoi resulting to the summersaulting of the vehicle. Four women and a man were pronounced death on the spot while 19 others sustained serious injuries.
The 19 are currently admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, including the bus driver who was said to have been in comma at the time of going to press.
Confirming the fatal accident to the Daily Observer, the Public Relations Officer of The Gambia Police Force, ASP Lamin Njie said the police are still investigating the accident. “We continue to warn drivers to desist from over-speeding as it’s the cause for most fatal accidents,” Police PRO ASP Lamin Njie said.
by Omar Wally