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4 die in car accidents

May 19, 2014, 10:03 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

At least four people were reportedly killed in car accidents this week-end, three of them in an accident involving three vehicles along the Bertil Harding highway.

According to reports, all the accidents occurred in the earlier hours of Saturday morning, when two of the drivers died on the spot, and the third person, a woman who is a Sierra Leonean, died at the hospital in Banjul.

The fourth person, a friend of one of the victims, died after visiting the scene and was heading home, and his car crashed after he also reportedly lost control.

When contacted, police public relations officer ASP David Kujabi confirmed the accidents, and said they occurred at around 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Kujabi said the accidents occurred when a BMWX6 registered as Mahmoud 1 and driven by Mahmoud Brouchi, a Gambian Lebanese, was coming from the Senegambia end towards the Traffic Lights. He reportedly hit another vehicle on the rear, with number plate BJL 0983 and driven by one Sajar Lowe.

This made one of the drivers to lose control. Meanwhile, another car, with registration number BJL 9503J driven by one Faramang Saidy, was coming from the other end, driving towards Senegambia.

He drove head-long into the side of the BMWX6, and subsequently died on the spot.

Mahmoud Brouchi’s vehicle also caught fire, and he was burnt to death in the car.

The police public relations officer further revealed that one Ebrima Kassir, a friend to Mahmoud Brouchi, was phoned by someone who came upon the scene.

Kassir then visited the scene and, on his return home, he also lost control of his vehicle, crashed and died.

PRO Kujabi seized the opportunity to advise the drivers to be careful when they drive, and not to over-speed.

He said accidents have become common, and are as a result of over-speeding, drunk-driving or lack of proper vehicle maintenance.

“It is important that we drive safely for the life we safe may be ours,” he said.