Seven die in Ekiti truck accident, two houses burnt
HELL was let loose Tuesday evening at Aramoko Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Council as no fewer than seven persons were burnt to death in a ghastly accident involving a truck fully-loaded with petroleum product.
Two buildings, two other vehicles and one motorcycle that were parked in front of the affected buildings were also affected by the fire, after petroleum spilled from the truck and ignited fire.
The identified victims included one Mr Ololade, a retired head teacher, four other occupants of the affected buildings and two passengers of the truck.
The explosion from the tanker had caused a serious panic and stampede at the central portion of the town with high concentration of people, as people scampered for safety to forestall being caught in the inferno that emitted a thick and dark smoke.
The driver of the tanker, who is now being detained at Aramoko Divisional Police Station and another occupant, were said have been lucky to have escaped the accident scene with only bodily injuries.
The remains of the victims have been deposited at the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado Ekiti.
An eyewitness told newsmen that the incident happened at about 5.30pm when the truck, which had lost control shortly after descending a hill, swerved off the road while negotiating a sharp bend and rolled towards the two buildings.
The source said a huge inferno immediately surged from the truck and consumed the buildings, while it also spread to the surrounding buildings and lock-up-shops.
He said while other occupants of a storey building had escaped, the four victims were said to have been caught in the web before the arrival of men of the Fire Services from Ado Ekiti.
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Modupe Adelabu, who visited the scene at about 9. 00am on yesterday lamented the recklessness of some truck drivers which have always resulted to the untimely death of innocent Nigerians.
Adelabu said: “This road belongs to the Federal Government, but I want to assure that the State Government will do something about it within the next two weeks. This death is painful and we have to something quickly to avert such occurrence”.
She urged the youth, traders and hawkers to desist from plying their trades along the road, saying this is one of the best ways to prevent the loss of lives on the road .
The town’s monarch, Oba Olu Adeyemi, who accompanied the Deputy Governor to the accident scene, regretted that the Federal Government had awarded the construction of a road that would link Ado Ekiti from Ita-Ure near Efon Alaaye that would bye-pass Aramoko, Erio, Igede and Iyin Ekiti during the regime of Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
Oba Adeyemi said: “The road that passes through our town is not only hilly, but is windy and this has been causing a lot of accidents. I want to believe that if there was a bye-pass, some of these accidents would have been prevented. I urge the Federal Government to revisit the contract to save my people from untimely death.”