TWO people lost their lives while nine others were wounded in a trailer mishap that occurred last Thursday in Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Council Area of Osun State.
The trailer, according to an eye witness account, had already parked by the road-side to offload its contents at the weekly Thursday market, when suddenly the long vehicle started moving backward.
Narrating the incident, the witness said that the driver had already stepped out of the vehicle, which made it difficult to control the vehicle as it roled down the sloppy terrain.
She added that the market which had already started to get busy for the day’s business was thrown into pandemonium as people ran helter-skelter for their safety.
However, she stated that some traders and beggars, who were not alerted on time, were crushed by the moving trailer, saying that most of them died on the spot.
Another trader in the market, who also witnessed the incident, disclosed that the horrible incident was very unfortunate, saying that all efforts to prevent the gory incident proved abortive, as the vehicle kept crushing all obstacles put in place to stop it, until it crushed all the victims.
Meanwhile, the corpses of the deceased were conveyed to the morgue at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo. Osun State by men of the security operatives.
However, the nine others injured in the mishap had been taken to the State Hospital, Ikirun, for treatment.
As at the time of filing this report, it was not certain whether those in critical condition were responding to treatment.
In another development, a corp member assigned to Anglican Commercial Grammar School, Osogbo, Mr Adedeji Olayinka was crushed to death by a Toyota Camry car at the Military Cemetery area, Igbona area of Osogbo.
The deceased, who was a graduate of University of Ibadan, according to an eye witness account, was standing by the road-side, anticipating crossing the road, when the vehicle reversing from the other end of the road knocked him to the wall of the cemetery.
Olayinka (popularly called Rector) was reported to have given up the ghost thirty minutes later at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in the state capital.
According to a corps member named Alex, the untimely death of the first-class graduate of Industrial Chemistry, was a monumental loss to his friends and aged parents
By SHINA ABUBAKAR