Eight children hawking at a traffic point around Kwata flyover junction in Awka, Anambra State were crushed by a trailer carrying cows on Friday.
An eyewitness said the trailer lost control at the junction and rammed into a stretch of nine vehicles at the traffic light, killing eight people in the process.
Irate youths, who were angered by the development, quickly mobilised and set ablaze the lorry, including the cows.
A source said, “the accident happened when a truck conveying cattle to an unknown location lost control while descending the Kwata junction slope, knocking down eight hawkers to death, injuring four occupants of two other SUV cars.”
The eye witness, however, could not ascertain the condition of the driver and his assistant.
At the time of filing this report, men of the Anambra State Fire Service have arrived the scene to extinguish the fire while soldiers and policemen, who had taken over the scene, fired several gun shots to disperse the irate youths.
The Anambra State Police Command is yet to make a statement on the incident.