Road Accidents: ECOMIG Driver Escapes Mob After Tricycle Crash
Road Accidents: ECOMIG Driver Escapes Mob After Tricycle Crash

A victim has been confirmed dead and five others are recovering from serious injuries after an ECOMIG vehicle with a Ghanaian officer behind the wheels crashed into a blue tricycle taxi with a pasenger carrier.

The early morning incident happened about 15 metres from the Mariama Kunda junction when a taxi tricycle heading towards the direction of Coastal Road collided with the ECOMIG military vehicle cruising towards the Turntable area

According to an eyewitness, the accident happened as the tricycle was avoiding potholes on the road and when the driver swerved towards the middle of the highway, he encountered the ECOMIG pickup leading to a crash collusion. The ECOMIG pickup truck hit left side of the metal carrier where five passengers were seated.

Eyewitnesses say the collusion was so hard that all passengers sitting in the carrier were forcefully ejected from their seats leading to fatal injuries.

Several other passengers were run over by the ECOMIG pickup and many sustained broken legs and arms. One of the victims was severely hit and he died on the spot.

The rest were quickly taken by volunteers to the Sukuta Health Centre. An Afrimed Ambulance also came to the scene and helped to transport victims with the severest injuries and those struggling to stay alive. At least two passengers were in critical condition.

The ECOMIG driver ran away from the scene in fear of mob justice but a Police intervention team called to the area later went to interview the ECOMIG driver at their base near the Paradise Estates.

The accident provoked angry reactions from youths and passers by who lamented the poor condition of the road and constant incidents with overspeeding vehicles.

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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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