The community of Iworoko, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State has been thrown into deep mourning following the tragic crushing to death of 15 residents in the area claimed by a trailer.
The truck reportedly lost control in the market at about 8:45 pm on Saturday night and rammed into a market at the centre of the town. In the ensuing tragedy, it crushed three shops and a commercial small bus which had some passengers.
One of the shops, a barbing saloon, has residents and students charging their cell phones inside it. They were all trapped in the accident.
Among the 15 persons said to have been dispatched to early graves are students of the Ekiti State University, a corps member , residents, traders in the area and a mother and child.
The on going strike action by the Academic Union of Universities, (ASUU), was said to have prevented many more students of the EKSU from falling victim of the tragic incident as they claimed that the market where the truck ran into used to be crowded with many students when the school is open.
The trailer had crushed a small commercial vehicle called ‘Akoto’. Bags of rice , some of which had posters of a senatorial candidate of the Ondo State All Progressive Congress (APC), Tayo Alasoadura were spread all over the ground.
The angry mob chased away a towing truck of the state’s transport office, saying that it had come too late to rescue the victims. They stoned the vehicle, forcing the driver to drive off.They also made attempt to chase away the advance security team of the deputy governor but were intimidated by a letter presence of heavily armed security operatives who later came to bring the deputy governor to the scene.
Ekiti State Deputy governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, who represented the Governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi visited the community.
Addressing the leaders he said: “The state governor condoles with families of those who have list dear ones. We pray for their souls to rest on peace. Government will also ensure that those who were wounded have their hospital bills paid for. We will also take care of other things.However, we appeal to our youths to calm down and not cause trouble. No one wishes for this kind of tragedy to happen. And no amount of anger and violence will bring back those dead. So let us be calm, ” he said.
Egbeyemi who also visited the Ekiti State University Teaching hospital along Adebayo area of the state capital, where the bodies of the dead and others wounded were taken to, told the doctors to begin urgent treatment of the wounded assuring them that the bills would be paid by the state government.
The hospital management told newsmen that 12 bodies of those who lost their lives in the accident, including students of EKSU have been deposits at the state morgue while four wounded victims of the accident are receiving treatment in the hospital.