At least two people have died and several others, including two members of parliament, rushed to the hospital after their vehicles were involved in a crash in Banjul.
National Assembly Member Saikouba Jarju of Busumbala and Baba Galleh Jallow of Sanimentereng survived the crash and are recovering at the Edward Francis Small.
Two of the people who were passengers in their vehicles died at the scene of the crash just one the dual highway heading onto Denton Bridge.
The two Fiat trucks were extensively damaged. According to an eyewitness, one of the vehicles somersaulted. The impact sent the vehicles off the road into the bushes.
“A vehicle was overspeeding and tried to overtake our vehicle. He lost control and hit our vehicle and then shoved back and hit us again. The vehicle somersaulted,” said Ebrima Camara, a passenger, who was with his wife in the truck.
A medical officer at the Edward Francis Hospital said nine people suffered minor injuries and that Jarju and Sanneh were not seriously injured. At least three soldiers were also injured and two others had their legs and arms broken.
Jarju and Jallow are part of the UDP party and their party leader, Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe and some other legislative officials are said to have visited them and other accident victims.
Jarju was driving himself at the time of the accident. The vehicles of the National Assembly Members are part of the 57 new trucks given to legislators by President Adama Barrow that has become the center of a push and pull between transparency campaigners and the State House.