the scene of the crash

Two persons died on the spot Thursday in a car accident on the road between Kerewan Badala and Nyakoi Taibatu in the Upper River Region.

The private car involved was coming from the Kombos and heading to Bajakunda, and was carrying five people, two men and a lady with her two children.

The lady identified as Isa Samusa, who died with a female child. The other child was said to be in a critical condition, and was referred to Bansang Hospital along with the driver and his brother.

An eye-witness, Mawdo Sissawo of Sutukoba, said the cause is over speeding, and that the driver lost control of the vehicle.

This was the second accident occurring at the same spot within a week; since an earlier one claimed several lives and many other people were injured.

The police are urging people, particularly drivers to always drive carefully, and know that they are carrying lives, including their own.

Meanwhile, the people living around the area say accidents are frequent there, and that over the years many lives were lost.

On Thursday 28th of October 2021, a Gelegele 17-passenger vehicle, travelling to Mauritania, got involved in an accident at the same place, with five dead, and many in critical condition.

The casualties were referred to Bansang and the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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