Dozens trapped as building collapses in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — An official in Sierra Leone said a three-storey building under construction has collapsed and trapped some 50 to 60 people in the rubble.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Saidu Kamara told The Associated Press that nine people have been rescued and are receiving treatment at a hospital.

He describes the scene as “pathetic and frantic” and said rescue efforts are expected to continue through the night after the Wednesday afternoon collapse along the Bo-Kenema highway in the country’s Southern Province. It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse. Kamara said police have deployed two excavators to the site.