No fewer than two persons lost their lives on Thursday at Mokola roundabout area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital while five others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an accident that involved a gas-laden truck and passerby.
The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Oyo State, Mrs Uche Chukwurah, who confirmed the accident to Daily Trust on telephone interview, said a Mechanical Deficiency Vehicle (MDV) was responsible for the accident.
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Chukwurah said she learnt that the truck that was involved in the accident was loaded with gas when it suddenly developed a fault.
She said: “Two people died in the accident. I understand brake failure was responsible for the accident. We call it Mechanical Deficiency Vehicle (MDV), which could be break failure. Seven people were involved and two died: five male adults and two female adults.
“Those who died have been taken to Adeoyo morgue while those injured are now at University College Hospital (UCH).”
An eyewitness who simply identified himself and Kunle however told Daily Trust that the accident claimed more than eight people including a minor who lost his two eyes to the accident.
The eyewitness explained to our correspondent that the truck crushed the victims who are majorly transporters and passersby in the area.
“I was there. They are more than two that were killed in the accident. I saw five corpses myself and I learnt three people were under the truck as at that time. They were struggling to remove the corpses when I left there. May God rest their soul,” he said.