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8 die in commuter van accident

Jul 20, 2010, 12:37 PM | Article By: Soury Camara in Basse

An accident near Sare Alpha village in the Upper River Region last Sunday caused the death of at least eight people, leaving many others injured.

Family members have already collected the remains of the deceased for burial.

Sare Alpha is a village located 32 kilometres south east of Basse, in the Upper River Region.

According to reports, a 22-passenger commuter van heading from Basse to Fatoto, was caught in heavy rains and washed away by flood waters, which affected a bridge near Sare Alpha.

Following the accident, eight people were confirmed dead, and as many as 19 others who received injuries were hospitalised at the Basse Major Health Centre.

This reporter visited the health centre, and was told by one of the victims, a woman that her child was missing.

Meanwhile, the driver and his two apprentices were also hospitalised, but under police guard.

Latest reports reaching this reporter indicated that at the time of going to press, only two persons remained hospitalised in Basse.