Ten personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU), one soldier and an immigration officer were “seriously injured” when their patrol vehicle somersaulted at a village near Mansakonko in Lower River Region on Friday, the police spokesman said.
In addition, the driver of the police patrol vehicle, Sergeant Faal, was pronounced dead at Soma Major Health Centre where the victims were escorted for urgent medical attention.
According to the police spokesman, Inspector Foday Conta, the accident occurred between the hours of 10:30pm and 11:00pm on Friday when members of the Police Intervention Unit of Mansakonko base boarded a vehicle with registration number GPF 9 MKK, driven by Sergeant Faal.
The men were going on an official duty at a checkpoint in Kaiaf to relieve those on duty.
“Immediately after Sara-Samba village, entering Kaiaf village, at a sharp bend, the rear tire of the pick-up burst and the driver was unable to control the vehicle steadily,” Conta said.
“Suddenly, the vehicle swayed from the highway and somersaulted, causing serious injuries to all those onboard.”
The victims were escorted to Soma Major Health Centre where Sergeant Faal, the driver, was pronounced dead.
The others were referred to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul for further medical treatment.
Source: Picture: IGP Sonko visited the injured officers at the hospital