Scene of Thursday crash in Basse

A deadly accident has claimed three lives along the Kerewan Badala and Nyakoi Taibatu Road in the upper river region

The Thursday afternoon crash involved a passenger vehicle and a tractor travelling in opposite directions, which collided and caused multiple deaths and injuries.

The tractor driver coming from the Nyakoi Taibatu area crashed into the long vehicle that was headed in the opposite direction from Badala with a full load of passengers said to be travelling to Mauritania via faraffeni.

Unconfirmed reports says the death toll could be more than three but Alkamba Times cannot independently verify these claims.

Hospital officials at the Basse District hospital confirmed three deaths with six people in critical condition quickly referred to Bansang Major hospital.  Three others are still receiving medical attention at the Basse health centre. So far reports indicate that nine Mauritania  nationals and two children including two Gambians and a Senegalese were in the vehicle at the time.

An Eyewitness to the unfortunate crash Modou Lamin Davies  told Alkamba Times: ” I witnessed the accident first hand, while I was on my way from Nyakoi to Numuyel for my school outreach activity today. The accident was a bad one. My suspicion is that the tractor and the passenger vehicle were both over speeding and met at a sharp curve and then they collided. The people had to cut the passenger vehicle wide open after it summersaulted to be able to take the people out and then put them inside a mini truck to be transported to the hospital. I am still traumatized by what I saw.”

The accident is a wake up call for road users and drivers as the country witnesses a growing spate of deadly accidents that have claimed more than 10 victims since last week.

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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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