No fewer than seven lives were lost, while many others sustained injuries on Thursday, after a truck rammed into some stationary tricycles at the Bell Junction area of Ogun State.
Pointout reporter learnt that the accident, which occurred around 10am, involved a truck, whose driver lost control and rammed into the tricycles and some commuters waiting at the bus stop.
It was gathered that the truck driver had lost control of the truck going to Idi-Iroko and in an attempt to avoid crashing into other vehicles in front, rammed into the stationed tricycles, killing seven persons and injuring many others.
Gbenga Osinaike, who is an eyewitness said that a yet-to-be-identified elderly man, who was by the roadside, died on the spot, while six others died shortly after the incident.
Alhaji Yussuf, a community leader said, “Several people were injured apart from the seven who died. It’s so sad that many innocent people had to die like that and several tricycles and motorcycles were also damaged in the process,” he stated.
Pointout News learnt that his vehicle was set ablaze while an angry mob beat the truck driver to a pulp before he was rescued by some good Samaritans
It was gathered that some officials of the Bells University provided first aid to the injured victims before they were taken to hospitals.
The Ogun State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Ahmed Umar, who confirmed the death of two people, said the agency could not carry out a rescue operation due to the residents that turned violent.
“We received a call about the accident, but we could not carry out any rescue operation, because the residents turned violent, but we learnt that two people died,” he stated.