Thursday, 14 March 2019

Trailer crushes seven people to death in Onitsha

At least seven people were confirmed killed on Wednesday when a kerosene-laden trailer rammed into traders on the Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the spokesperson for the state police command, Haruna Mohammed, explained that the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and knocked down 19 people.

He stated, “Police patrol team attached to CPS Onitsha visited the scene and rushed victims to Toronto Hospital Onitsha, where Seven (7) persons comprising of six males and one woman whose identities are yet to be ascertained were confirmed dead by the medical doctor.”

He added that 12 other people were receiving treatment, while the bodies of the dead had been deposited at the hospital morgue for postmortem examination.

According to the police, investigation has commenced on the incident, after the suspect, 35-year-old Junior Agari, was arrested and the truck recovered from the accident scene.

The Anambra State Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Peter Katch, also confirmed that the organisation evacuated seven corpses to Toronto Hospital Morgue while four persons sustained injuries.

“A tanker loaded with kerosene lost control and rammed into people and killed a lot of them from MCC Bus Stop down to Peace Motor Park gate.

“Seven dead people were deposited at Toronto Hospital Mortuar, and one other person we took to the hospital is still receiving treatment.

“Three other injured people are at Beater Hospital along Onitsha-Owerri Road.

“That is the number of causalities recorded by the Nigerian Red Cross Society,” Katchy said.

The sad news comes hours after a three-storey building collapsed in Lagos, leaving at least twelve person dead, including nine school children and dozens injured.

Rescue operations have continued on the site of the collapse building, with emergency workers making desperate efforts to remove victims from the rubble of the building amid chaotic, heartrending scenes.

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