A wheel barrow pusher was on Tuesday crushed to death by an articulated truck in Upper Iweka, Onitsha, Anambra state.
The deceased was reportedly killed by the truck while walking along Onitsha- Owerri road axis of the town.
According to eyewitnesses, the truck driver slipped out of his lane due to excessive speeding and crushed the barrow pusher who they described as popular in the area.
They said the angry youths were forced to set the truck on fire after the driver took to his heels.
“The angry youths revenged by setting the truck ablaze when the driver was nowhere to be found,” they said.
Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Andrew Kumapayi warned motorists especially truck drivers to abide by the stipulated speed limits in built-up areas to avoid unnecessary road traffic crashes.
He said, “At about 0955hrs this morning 10th November, 2020 a male adult whose identify was not captured was crushed to death in a fatal road traffic Crash involving a Dangote Truck with out a registration number near Zenith Bank Onitsha, along Onitsha- Owerri road.
“FRSC rescue team from Upper Iweka Outpost was immediately mobilized for rescue operations only to be intercepted by the angry youths who took the corpse of the victim away.”
While condoling with the family of the deceased, Kumapayi admonished pedestrians to always use the pedestrian bridges where available.