A truck conveying granite on Wednesday lost its brakes and crushed three persons including a serving female youth corps member to death
The ugly incident occurred at Arab Road junction, Kubwa, town in Abuja.
Other people injured, include commercial motorcyclists and roadside traders. The truck was reported to be coming from a quarry owned by a Turkish company, Zeberced Nigeria Ltd., located behind the new Kubwa market, off Arab Road, Kubwa.
The victims of the accident, whose identities could not be immediately ascertained, were said to have been taken to the Kubwa General Hospital.
An eyewitness, who simply identified herself as Mummy Shade, explained that shortly before the crash, the driver of the truck was seen shouting and gesticulating that the vehicle had lost its brakes, but the victims and other pedestrians were unable to understand him until it was too late.
She said, “The truck was seen careening down Arab Road towards the expressway and the driver was shouting, ‘no brakes, no brakes,’ but most people didn’t hear or understand him until the truck ran over a female youth corps member who was on a motorcycle, killing her and the okada rider instantly.
“It also crushed a pedestrian who was walking along the road, it was a terrible sight.
“Some motorcycles were also crushed and it took some time for security agencies to clear the gridlock caused by the accident at the Arab Road junction,” she explained.
The spokesman of Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed that three persons lost their lives in the accident which he attributed to brakes failure.