Nigeria – A lorry conveying cattle yesterday afternoon lost control ramming into vehicles obeying traffic light at the Kwata junction Awka, killing yet-to-be ascertained number of persons and leaving many in pools of blood.
According to eye witnesses, the lorry, with registration number ‘Plateau JJNN-59YZ’ lost control of its speed and rammed into more than five cars waiting for traffic light.
Unconfirmed reports also said that pedestrians, including those doing brisk businesses at the traffic point were said to be among those that lost their lives, while some occupants of the vehicles involved also lost their lives.
About five cars involved in the mishap were damaged beyond repair, while bodies of the dead and injured were taken away by men of the Anambra State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC.
Security agents including men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Security were seen at the accident spot trying to stop possible criminal activities.
The incident also caused serious gridlock along the affected side of the crash, with many road users trapped for hours waiting for the fire to be put out.
Men of the Anambra Fire Service also later arrived at the scene escorted by security agents in a bid to extinguish the fire.
As at the time of filing this report, there was no confirmed report on the accurate number of persons involved in the tragedy, but irate youths had already set the lorry ablaze, alongside many cattle aboard it.
Attempts to get interviews from both eyewitnesses and voluntary emergency workers at the scene were turned down.