Gambia’s police say at least four people have died and a dozen more seriously injured when a truck and passenger van collided.
The police say the accident took place along the major highway linking two of Kenya’s biggest cities, the administrative city of Brikama and the commercial hub of Serrekunda.
The van was heading to Brikama and the truck going north towards Serrekunda when they collided outside the Nyambai forest.
Villagers and police, who went to rescue passengers trapped in the mangled vehicles said they had to hack away metals to pull out the injured survivors.
Most accidents in The Gambia have been related to speed. Hundreds of people die each year due to such collisions.
Police investigators did not say if speed was a factor in Friday’s accident.
It is the second of such a deadly crash that has claimed lives along the same highway this month.
Some of the injured were taken to the Brikama Health Center and those seriously injured transported to the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital in Banjul for treatment.
Deaths through road accidents have increased in recent years despite a crackdown on overspeeding drivers, drunk drivers, and random checkpoints.