Trailer Crushes Three To Death In Abuja

At least three persons were crushed to death on Saturday near Wazobia motor pack along Gwagwalada/Kwali expressway in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital by a trailer conveying cows to the southern part of the country.

A report monitored on The Nation newspaper by Naija Mode, quoted an eyewitness to have said that incident created panic and confusion as well as traffic hold up along the expressway for several hours when a part of the articulated trailer fell on some artisans working by the roadside.

It was learned that a three-year-old baby is said to be under intensive care also as a result of the incident that left passengers crying for help,a situation that created panic amidst the confusion that enveloped the scene of the incident.

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The newspaper quoted an eyewitness to have said that about seven people who sustained injuries from the incident were conveyed to the teaching hospital in Gwagwalada after a rescued operation by the police and personnel of the Nigerian Road Safety Corps.

Though as at the time of filing this report, the identity of the owner of the trailer with registration number Yobe FUN 209XA is yet to be known, but the driver was among those taken to the Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada for treatment, The Nation reports.

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Bisi Kazeem, the Public Education Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) later confirmed the death of three of the victims adding that the accident occurred at about 08:50 a.m at Wazobia Park.

According to the Nation, another account by eye witness said immediately the trailer fell, some sympathizers quickly moved the cows and their feeds out of the vehicle, while three of the cows that were at the points of death were slaughtered.

“Our officers arrived five minutes after the crash and immediately swung into action to ensure those involved were rescued”, Kazeem told journalists.

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“This situation caused a fatal accident involving 10 persons; eight male adults and two female adults, while seven male adults were injured, two female adults and one male adult were confirmed dead,” he added.

Meanwhile, the trailer has been moved by the Road Safety Command in Gwagwalada to the police area command but when contacted the spokesman of the FCT police command, Anjuguri Manzah said he is yet to be briefed on the incident.

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