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Truck crushes 3 to death in Ibadan

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Three people were on Wednesday morning crushed to death by a truck loaded with Coca-Cola products at the Total Garden area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Ou correspondent gathered that victims of the accident were a commercial motorcyclist and his two passengers.

A witness, Mr Joel Idowu, told our correspondent that the fully-loaded truck killed the victims in front of the Bovas Filling Station while the cyclist was trying to overtake the truck.

Idowu said that some angry youths and motorcyclists at the scene attempted to set the truck ablaze.

He said they were prevented by the security operatives who were shooting sporadically into the air to scare them.

However, normalcy had since returned to the area, as police personnel had towed the truck to their office, while remains of the victims had been moved to the morgue.

When contacted, Mrs Uche Chukwurah, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

Chukwurah said that five people were involved in the accident, with three confirmed dead, and two others injured.

She attributed the likely cause of the accident to brake failure on the part of the truck.

Chukwurah said that the injured persons were receiving treatment at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, while the dead had been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

Suleiman Shehu And David Adeoye

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