October 1, 2018 / 6:45 PM / 2 months ago

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

FREETOWN (Reuters) - 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 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 could have happened to have caused one of our own vehicles to have failed in such a catastrophic way.”

Reporting by Cooper Inveen; Editing by Tim Cocks

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