Eight persons including varsity students as Dangote truck rams into shops beside school gate


At least eight persons, including undergraduate students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, in Ondo state were feared crushed to death by a truck.

It was gathered that several others who sustained various degrees of injuries, from the incident that happened late on Saturday, were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

The deceased have equally been taken to the mortuary of the general hospital.

Eyewitness account said that the truck belonging to Dangote Company and loaded with cement lost control due to brake failure and rammed into business centres and shops near the school gate.

The truck was said to be coming from lkare Akoko and while descending the hill few metres to university gate had a brake failure and rammed into the business centres, shops and buildings along the roadside.

”lt crushed all the students who were busy at the business centres, the passersby and other shop owners few metres away from the main gate of the university.

It was learnt that the students that were crushed to death while they were at the different business centres to make photocopies and type their assignments ahead of their examination.

A source said that eight dead bodies were recovered from under the trailer by sympathisers while the rescue operation was still going on

One of the students, Bolatito Arogundo confirmed the incident and said the students were already preparing for their coming examination.

She asked that speed breaker be installed on the road to slow down the speed of the motorists and caution them against recklessness driving.

The student also urged truck drivers to always ensure that their vehicles were in good condition before putting them on the road.

Police public relations officer in Ondo State, Tee Leo lkoro confirmed that eight dead bodies have so far recovered from the accident.

Ikoro added that evacuations were still on and that those injured have been rushed to the hospital.

The university spokesperson Victor Akinpelumi could not be reached as at the time of filling in the report.


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