Four members of the same family – a father, mother and their two kids – have been crushed to death by a truck laden with bags of rice. The tragic accident happened along Iwo-Ibadan Road in Osun State.
A passenger in a commercial bus, who witnessed the accident, told Punch in Osogbo on Sunday that Mr. and Mrs. Olumide Bankole; their children, Sharon and Shama, were crushed to death by the truck which lost control in an attempt to avoid running into a queue of vehicles on the road due to a police checkpoint.
The eyewitness, who identified himself as Leke Okunola, said rescuers at the scene learnt that the family was traveling from Ogbomoso in Oyo State to Ibadan when the accident occurred around Odo Oba River on Christmas Eve.
He said the car in which the Bankoles were travelling was coming from Iwo and heading towards Ibadan, while the truck was coming from Ibadan. The eyewitness blamed the accident on the police checkpoint, saying if the road block was not there, the accident would have been avoided. Okunola said, “The car in which the victims were travelling was coming from the opposite direction and after the police had checked him, he moved, but a trailer which was loaded with bags of rice lost control and fell on the car.
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