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Truck crushes motorcyclist to death in Ibadan

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Eyewitnesses told The Guardian that the man, who was riding a motorcycle, popularly known as Okada, and whose identity is unknown, was heading towards Agodi Gate axis from Iwo road before he met his untimely death.

A middle-aged man was yesterday crushed to death by a truck at the Bashorun-Idi Ape junction, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Eyewitnesses told The Guardian that the man, who was riding a motorcycle, popularly known as Okada, and whose identity is unknown, was heading towards Agodi Gate axis from Iwo road before he met his untimely death.

According to eyewitnesses, two motorcycle riders approaching the junction at top speed had collided behind a truck, which was also going enroute Bashorun from the Agodi Gate axis but had crushed the victim unknowingly as a result of the accident.

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It took the intervention of other road users who had stopped at the junction to give helping hands and rescue the other cyclist from being crushed as they called the attention of the truck driver to the accident.

All the eyewitnesses at the scene confirmed that the truck driver was not in any way at fault. They blamed the crushed motorcycle rider for excessive speed.

A mild drama played out at the scene when the owner of the crushed motorcycle slumped and collapse on seeing that his motorcycle was damaged beyond repair. It took the intervention of the onlookers to revive him and save the situation.

The witnesses also explained that the bike owner said the crushed victim had only a few minutes ago approached him to lend him the motorcycle to quickly get somewhere urgent. The truck driver and the crushed motorcycles were later taken to the nearby Testing Ground Police State, Iwo Road.

The mangled body of the deceased has been deposited at Ade-Oyo hospital for autopsy. An eyewitness said: “It was a gory sight you can’t just describe because the scene was horrible. The guy was packed with a shovel like sand with intestine flushed out of his anus. May God protect us. Truth be told, these Okada riders don’t have a single bit of patience. They speed as if they have another spare life kept somewhere. It was an avoidable accident. May his soul rest in peace.”

The eyewitnesses in their separate remarks, however, appealed to the government to construct speed breakers on the newly constructed road to discourage excess speed by motorists and road users on the axis.


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