By Adeola Oladele, City Editor
Tragedy struck in the early hours of Tuesday, as an heavy duty truck lost control and killed not less than six occupants of a Micra vehicle, including an unidentified woman and her two children she was taking to school.
The truck, marked AGL-883XQ Ibadan, was said to have hit the Micra vehicle, marked Lagos GGE-235 DR, from the rear.
The truck driver did not stop until he reached Oja-Oba, where he abandoned his truck and fled, knowing he had killed several people.
One of the eye-witnesses, Ayobami Adebisi, who spoke with WESTERN POST, confirmed that the driver might have fled to avoid being lynched by the mob.
The eyewitness said brake failure led to the accident, adding that most of the affected persons were operators of commercial tricycles that converted part of the market road to their garage, as well as some of their passengers.
About four of the tricycles were mangled by the impact of the collision with one of them badly burnt by the ensuing fire.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government has commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
Speaking on behalf of the government, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, reiterated government’s appeal to people of the state against street-trading, which he said had been endangering the lives of the citizenry.
Arulogun then cautioned motorists against reckless driving, while appealing to residents to be safety conscious.
However, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, later confirmed that the driver of the truck had been arrested.
He said investigations were ongoing to find out what led to the unfortunate incident.