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13 killed when military truck flipped over in Sierra Leone

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.

A screengrab of a map showing Sierra Leone. Picture: Google Maps.

FREETOWN - 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 spokesperson 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.”