Again, truck kills scores in Ondo community, varsity students among casualties

It was a black Saturday in Akungba-Akoko, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State following the death of students and residents of the community who were killed by an articulated truck.

The cement-laden truck belonging to Dangote Group was said to have lost control before ramming into some open shops opposite Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA.

The truck was said to have suffered brake failure while descending from the Ikare-Akoko end of the road.

As at the time of filing this report, about six bodies among whom were students had been pulled from the accident scene while more bodies were still being searched for.

The students who were preparing for their first-semester examination had just resumed after months of break occasioned by the ASUU strike and COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a student of the institution, Miss Bolatito Arogundo, when the truck lost control, it crushed those by the roadside before ramming into the shops.

Confirming the incident, the Police Spokesperson in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro said that eight bodies had been recovered so far with many injured.

The PPRO also disclosed that the truck was coming from Obajana in Kogi State and heading to Akure, Ondo State capital.

According to Ikoro, more bodies were still being searched for.

Within the last few months, fatal accidents were recorded in the community with many lives lost.

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