Alieu Cham, 19, from Bijilo, and Lewis Mendy, 18, from Brusubi, have been buried alive in a truck loaded with sand at the sand mining site at Denton Bridge.

“Apparently the two boys were driver-apprentices who fell asleep in the lorry as it arrived to be loaded with sand at the site. No one remembered them until the lorry was fully loaded and was about to depart.

“It was then that someone said the boys were last seen sleeping on the floor of the truck as it was driving to the sand mining site.

“That realisation sparked a panic button because the lorry was already loaded to capacity with sand. The driver tipped the full load of sand off the vehicle, and there in the midst of the off-loaded sand dune, the two boys were found.

“They were rushed to the Ndemban referral clinic of the EFSTH in Bakau where they were pronounced dead,” a source told The Standard Newspaper.”

Five men are arrested and under investigation for possible negligence in connection with the deaths of the boys.

Source: Standard Newspaper The Gambia