Saturday, 23 March 2013
Again! Dangote Killer-Truck Crushes Couple, 5 Other To Death
According to the information, a couple and five others have been crushed to death by a cement-laden truck, belonging to Dangote Industries Limited. The accident occurred last Thursday, March 21st, 2013 in Ibese area of Yewa North Local Government, Ogun State.
The Federal Road Safety Corps confirmed the development yesterday, Friday. The Itori Unit Commander of the FRSC, Fatai Bakare, said that the accident occurred in the late hours of Thursday when a vehicle, belonging to Dangote cement at Ibese, lost control.
Bakare said, “The accident occurred when an articulated vehicle lost control and rammed into two commercial motorcycles, killing a couple and four others on the spot,” he said.
According to Bakare, the vehicle and two others owned by the company were set ablaze by a mob.
“Two other vehicles of the same company were also set ablaze where they were parked. The angry mob burnt the three vehicles before our team and police could get to the scene of the accident.
“The seventh person was one of the drivers of the three trailers. He was inside the truck when it was set ablaze by the angry mob in the area.
“Seven people died in the accident, including a man and his wife, who were on a bike, and another man, whom we heard that his wife just put to bed and the naming ceremony is next week Monday.
“The accident involved six males and one female. Their bodies have been deposited at the Ilaro General Hospital morgue.
“As expected, people reacted angrily and burnt down two trucks of the cement company. The accident was a result of recklessness on the part of the driver, which led to the loss of control.
“Truck drivers along that route are generally reckless and FRSC is doing all that is necessary to put the situation under control.”
In a swift reaction, the Head, Corporate Communications of Dangote Cement, Anthony Chiejina, denied that the trailer which crushed the victims doesn’t belong to the cement company.
Chiejina described the development as unfortunate, adding that men of the company were on ground to ascertain the development and provide assistance to those who might have been affected.
It would be recalled that recent research shows that about 200 innocent people lost their lives yearly just from accident occasioned from Dangote truck drivers alone.
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