Tragedy struck on Monday in Owerri, Imo State, when a container fell from a heavy duty truck, trapping some students of the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, and other commuters.
Our correspondent was told that the truck, which was coming into the state capital, slipped off and fell on the victims who were standing by the roadside.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident happened opposite the polytechnic’s main gate on the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway.
A witness, who did not want to be identified, said the incident happened between 9.30am and 10am when the victims were going to school.
He said, “A truck was conveying a container from Port Harcourt to Owerri, but unfortunately, the container slipped off and fell on innocent people who were going for their business. Some of the victims are students of the Imo State Polytechnic, who were going to school.
“Nobody anticipated it because it happened within a few seconds. As we speak, no rescue mission has begun. People are trapped under the container.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, told our correspondent on the telephone that the number of casualties had yet to be ascertained.
He said heavy duty cranes were being sourced so that an rescue operation could commence.
Around 9pm, a source informed our correspondent that three persons had been brought out dead. But the state CP said only one had been confirmed dead in the incident.
via Sandra Spicy