Sierra Leone military truck flips over, killing 13

Military vehicles are seen overturned after a collision in Freetown, Sierra Leone October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Olivia Acland
Rescue workers are seen near an overturned military vehicle after a collision in Freetown, Sierra Leone October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Olivia Acland

Thirteen people were killed and at least 30 more injured on Monday when a military transport truck flipped over on a major road in the Sierra Leone capital, a military spokesman said.

The open-air truck was carrying more than 40 soldiers from their barracks to the Military War Graves cemetery for a funeral. They set to attend the memorial of a military staff sergeant who died over the weekend in a another road accident. They were en-route when its brakes failed and it descended a steep hill. It toppled over and slid for more than 30 metres, Captain Yaya Brima said. Eight soldiers were among the dead.

“This is a real tragedy for us,” he said by telephone. “We’re currently investigating what could have happened to have caused one of our own vehicles to have failed in such a catastrophic way.”