No fewer than 12 persons, including roadside beggars, were yesterday crushed to death by a truck laden with granite along Auchi-Okene road in Edo state.
The accident, which accured in Auchi, the administrative headquarters of Etsako West local government area, also left in its wak, scores of others with severe injuries.
Eyewitnesses said the tragedy occurred when a truck with registration number Kaduna XA 173 AG lost control and rammed into three vehicles and four commercial motorcycles at the ever busy expressway at about 7.45 p.m.
The witnessess, however, attributed the inccident to break failure on the part of the truck., making the truck to ram into the vehicles and in the process killed all the occupants before crushing other pedestrians.
Vehicles affected in the accident included a Honda car (with registration number MC 942 EKY), a Honda Odyesey bus (marked BEN 346 AS), a Toyota Siena bus (marked AAA 568 AZ) and four unregistered motorbikes.
Men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Auchi Command, who were involved in the rescue operation conveyed the dead bodies to an undisclosed hospital morgue while the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.