Coalition leaders visit injured supporters at Banjul hospital

Coalition leaders visit injured supporters at Banjul hospital

Halifa Sallah, a senior member of the Gambia’s coalition government and Henry Gomez, Minister of Youths and Sports visited accident victims at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital on Monday.

At least 30 supporters of the coalition who were celebrating the election victory of President Adama Barrow were hit by a taxi after the driver lost control in Kitty, a small town on the outskirts of Brikama.

They extended the greetings and prayers of Mr. Barrow to them and their families.

More than two dozen people suffered serious injuries and were transferred from the Brikama Health Center to the teaching hospital in the capital for specialized care.

The driver of the cab, Alpha Jallow has been charged by Gambian authorities with ‘reckless driving causing injuries,’ according to Police Spokesperson Foday Conta.

Jallow was driving beyond the speed limit Westbound from Brikama towards Gunjur when another vehicle crossed the road. He lost control in his attempt to avoid the incoming vehicle and plunged into the crowd of people celebrating the election victory of President Adama Barrow, eyewitnesses say.

It is the third accident involving Barrow supporters since his election victory in December. His convoy got involved in a crash in Brusubi and an overloaded pickup truck carrying his supporters into the capital, Banjul overturned on its side.

Speeding on the poor state of Gambia’s small roads and overloading has been blamed for the country’s frequent road accidents.

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