A ferry accident occurred in the Gambia on Sunday, leaving two people dead, and a dozen others injured, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal.
This followed a stampede at the Ferry crossing point in Barra, where thousands of passengers rushed to board the Johe ferry. All the ferries have been grounded due to mechanical problems. Johe is the only ferry at this hour running between Barra and Banjul. The ferry was overloaded with passengers; hence during the rush hour, there was a stampede.
The identities of the dead passengers could not be established, but sources said two people died during the stampede. Barra is the scene of stranded passengers. Trucks and small cars have been stranded in the coastal village for days now. The Johe ferry lacks the capacity to transport big trucks and cars.