A two-year-old child has been crushed to death along the Rumuosi axis of the East/West Road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday night, after a trailer lost control and fell on her.
An eyewitness said the driver was trying to avoid ramming into many people when it climbed the median strip; fell and crushed the toddler in the process.
He also said that the mother of the deceased and two other children were injured and rushed to the hospital.
He added that the driver fled the scene for fear of being mobbed.
“You know this federal road always has traffic gridlock at the Rumuosi junction. The man (truck driver) was on speed and he could not apply the brake. So what he did because of the speed was that he climbed the walk-over (median),” he said.
“If he went straight he would have crushed all those people by the side. So he used his steering and climbed the walk-over. There were people too inside the walk-over, some mothers and children. So as they heard the trailer lost control and people were shouting.”
“They ran to one side, but the trailer now fell on the walk-over. All the goods it carried poured out. From there, the trailer fell on one side hitting the mother and the children. But only the two-year-old boy died,” he added.
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