By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Five persons were on Monday fatally injured in Ibadan when a truck, fully loaded with sand suffered brake failure and crushed two tricycles.
The incident occurred at about 200 metres to New Garage Roundabout at Challenge Area of Ibadan on Monday afternoon.
The truck was said to be moving from Toll Gate end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Adegoke Motors towards the New Garage Roundabout when it developed brake failure.
The truck moved straight, crossed the now dualised old Lagos-Ibadan highway near the roundabout and came to a sudden halt when two of its tyres entered a drain and were stucked in it.
The two tricycles involved were crushed beyond repairs. Also, dozens of onions littered the scene. As gathered, the onions belonged to one Hausa man, selling the onions at the spot where the truck came to a halt. The Hausa man was said to have taken to his heels when he saw the truck coming towards the spot.
An eyewitness, Olabode Alo, told Daily Sun at the scene of the accident that the truck injured one person standing on the median of the Old Ibadan-Lagos Road, as he tried to cross the highway.
“The truck then hit two ‘marwa’ (tricycles), injuring three persons in the first one, and one person in the second tricycle.”
Two of the injured victims were rushed to Lad Hospital, Orita Challenge, wherever they were said to be responding to treatment.
One of the victims, Mr Abdul-Raheem Rofiu, whose two legs were bandaged from knees to his chins, has a deep and large open wound on his upper right arm, which, he said, has been fractured.
Rofiu, who writhed in great pains, told journalists on the hospital bed that the truck hit him when he; “Was trying to cross the road. It dragged me from the median to the drainage and pinned me down.
“The truck was jerked up before I was rescued, and taken to this hospital. Now, the bone in my right upper arm has been broken, and I have been asked to go for x-ray to know the exact extent of the injury and to know the right treatment that will be given me,” Rofiu stated.