Sierra Leone military truck crash leaves 13 dead


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

The truck was carrying more than 40 soldiers from their barracks to a funeral in Freetown when its brakes failed as 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 happened to cause one of our own vehicles to fail so catastrophically.”