Six people lost their lives and 10 others sustained fatal injuries in Jos Plateau State, when a lorry driver lost control and rammed into vehicles and commercial tricycles with passengers on board around Farin Gada roundabout In Jos North Local government.
LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that the sad incident occurred on Thursday evening when a driver of a MAN DIESEL lorry conveying maize from Saminaka in Kaduna State to Onisha suddenly lost control as a result of brake failure causing confusion and pandemonium in the area.
Eye witness said while the driver was struggling to control the vehicle, it rammed into three tricycles loaded with passengers and three other cars parked along the same road and crushed them adding that six people died on the spot while ten others sustained various degree of injuries.
It took the efforts of the men of the Special Task Force and other good Samaritans who dashed to the scene of the incident to evacuate the bodies of those trapped under the lorry.
It was further gathered that three passengers died in the tricycles while another three also gave up the ghost in a car believe to have been occupied by a driver, his fiancé and one other passenger.
The Police Public Relation Officer, Plateau State Command, DSP M. T.
Tyopev confirmed that three people died in the accident adding that the driver of the lorry, Fatai Onaolapo has been arrested and is presently helping the police to unravel the cause of the accident.
According to him, the preliminary investigations carried out revealed
that the driver who was coming from Saminaka in Kaduna State was heading to Onitsha with a lorry load of maize adding that those at the scene attributed the accident to over speeding.
He said those who sustained injuries are presently receiving treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos.