Liberia: Ambulance crashes into crowd; 11 dead

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2011 6:31 AM
Liberia: Ambulance crashes into crowd; 11 dead

An official in Liberia says 11 people were killed after an ambulance crashed into a crowd who had been waiting all day to see a visiting presidential candidate.

Regional official Momo Kiadii said Wednesday the ambulance crashed into the crowd late Tuesday in the western town of Vonzula. He says many others were wounded.

Presidential candidate Kennedy Sandy was visiting the region on a campaign tour.

Police spokesman George Bardue confirmed the accident Wednesday, but gave no details.

Fifteen candidates are challenging incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in October's poll.

Liberia was ravaged by civil wars for years until 2003. The country is still struggling to maintain a fragile peace with the help of U.N. peacekeepers.