Truck crushes man to death, another injured in Ilorin  


By Oladimeji Ajibade

Tragedy struck last night, as an unidentified middle-aged man was reportedly crushed to death by a 7up truck at Geri-Alimi area, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Also, another unidentified man was said to have sustained serious injuries while the commercial motorcyclist was lucky to escape unhurt.
According to an eye witness account, the deceased and his colleague were on the same commercial motorcycle which was heading towards Sawmill from Airport area of Ilorin.
Speaking with our reporter last night, the eye witness who simply gave his name as Tunji blamed the incident on the ongoing Split Diamond Interchange (Underpass) project.
He said, “A commercial motorcyclist with two passengers was trailing a 7up truck and on getting to a bad portion at Geri-Alimi, the truck without prior notice, surprisingly receded.
“In an attempt to escape being hit by the long vehicle, one of the passengers jumped down from the motorcycle but fell and he was crushed to death while his colleague was also badly injured by the trailer. Surprisingly, the okada rider escaped the accident unhurt,” he divulged.
Speaking further, the eye witness said, “This accident would have been avoided but for the poor portion of road which could be blamed on the ongoing Underpass project. We can only hope the contractor and the state government speed up the pace of work on the project to forestall future occurrence,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased was said to have been evacuated by officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from Kwara State sector Command while his injured colleague was reportedly rushed to a nearby private hospital for medical attention.
When contacted, the FRSC State Commandant, Sunday Maku, said, “I am yet to get any such report, though the unit in charge of the area may have embarked on the evacuation as requested of them,” he stated.

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