Police in The Gambia have detained a Senegalese driver, Samba Sall, whose mini-van somersaulted along the Trans-Gambia Highway, leaving dozens of passengers critically injured, the Freedom Newspaper can report. The driver was taken into custody by the Mansakonko police. He is currently helping the police in their investigations, pending criminal charges.
The accident occurred along the busy Pakalinding and Junoi road on Thursday. The forty seater Senegalese mini-van bearing registration number: KL 0877B lost control and thereby somersaulted around the hilly Jarra road. The driver was travelling from the Southern province of Casamance when the crash occurred.
There was no immediate word as to the number of causalities. Police told the Freedom Newspaper that the injured passengers were rushed to the Francis Small Teaching Hospital Intensive Care Unit for further medical attention. Among the injured include: children, women, and elderly people. A one year old boy experienced a head injury during the deadly crash, police said.
According to the police, one of the injured women had her hand amputated, while one of the injured men had his palm amputated as well. The patients are responding to treatment, doctors said.
Police blamed the accident to overloading of passengers and goods. The vehicle was loaded with forty bags of oranges and baobab, police said.