Driver Escapes Death as Truck Crushes 4, Hospitalise 10 in Ibadan

No fewer than four
people reportedly lost their lives on Saturday at Moniya-Iseyin road, in Ibadan
the Oyo State capital when a truck conveying sharp sand lost control.
It was also gathered
that about ten persons also suffered various degrees of injuries while five
motorcycles and three tricycles were destroyed beyond repair.
Those who lost their
lives in the accident include; a motorcycle operator, a woman, an toddler boy
and a trader at the Moniya Butcher market, Ibadan.
But, the driver of the
tipper was said to have escaped from the scene of the incident unhurt.
Eyewitnesses around
the scene of the incident informed journalists that the casualty figure would
have been higher if not for a member of the transport union unit at the Moniya
garage, who saw the haphazard manner with which the truck was descending the
hilly road and immediately alerted people to scramble to safety.

According to them, the
tipper driver was seen struggling to gain control of the truck which was suspected
to have left a tipper garage within the Moniya axis with the load of sand, but
the bad situation of the road did not help matters.
Chairman, National
Union of Road Transport Workers, (Motorcycle), Moniya Garage Unit, Mr. Idris
Oladoja while confirming the incident described it as a sad development that
could have been averted.
Officers from the
Nigeria Police Force from Moniya Divisional Headquarters and Ojoo were seen at
the scene maintaining traffic flow.
But, Police Public
Relations Officer of the state Police Command Adekunle Ajisebutu said two
people were confirmed dead.
He said that their
corpses have been deposited at the State Hospital, Mortuary, Ringroad, Ibadan
for autopsy.

He however added that
the driver of the tipper has been arrested and the accident vehicle recovered
to the station for VIO inspection.

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