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Published On: Tue, Sep 16th, 2014

Truck driver crushes man to death, injures others

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

A truck driver yesterday crushed one man to death and left three others in serious critical condition when he ran his truck in the ever busy Kano road by Ahmadu Bello bus stop, in Kaduna metropolis.

The truck loaded with assorted fruits was moving towards Kaduna south when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the waiting passengers at the bus stop, thus creating confusion and panic.

One person was confirmed dead instantly while three others who sustained serious injuries were later taken by the police to St Gerard’s hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna state Police Command, SP Aminu Lawan, said the driver of the truck is already in police custody, while the injured ones are receiving treatment at the hospital.

The PPRO also confirmed that contrary to speculation, only one person was killed in the accident. He also called on traders and commuters, especially at the Kano road junction to always keep away from overcrowded spots and intruding into the main road.

On what caused the accident, the police spokes person, said they are suspecting brake failure or the truck driver was trying to maneuver some traffic jams or sleeping while driving due to tiredness.  All these according to SP Lawan are allegations that the police would thoroughly investigate and charge the suspect accordingly.

However, family of some of the victims called on the government and security agents to ensure that the driver is brought to justice for carelessness.

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