Four persons were crushed to death yesterday in Ibadan when a truck conveying sharp sand reportedly suffered brake failure along the Moniya-Iseyin road. At least ten persons also suffered varying degree of injuries while five motorcycles and three tricycles were destroyed beyond repair. The victims included a motorcycle operator, a woman, an underaged boy and a trader at the Moniya butcher market. While all the victims met their misfortune at the point of doing business, the underaged boy was on an errand to purchase vegetables at the market. The driver of the truck was said to have escaped from the scene of the incident unhurt. The casualty figure would have been higher but for a member of the transport union unit at the Moniya garage who alerted people to scamper to safety following the haphazard manner the truck was descending the hilly road. It was gathered the driver was struggling to gain control of the truck suspected to have left a garage within the Moniya axis.
Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command Adekunle Ajisebutu said the erring driver of the tipper has been arrested and the truck moved to the station for VIO inspection.