Runaway driver has been arrested and detained for allegedly killing four female hawkers in Anambra State.
The truck driver was said to be running from revenue collectors in the area when he suddenly lost control and crushed the four at Upper Iweka flyover in Onitsha, the commercial hub of the state, on Wednesday, February 24.
Confirming the incident to journalists, Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said his command has handed over driver of the vehicle to the police for further investigation.
According to him, the bodies of the deceased persons have been deposited in the morgue.
“At 0730hrs this morning, 24th February 2021 at Upper Iweka flyover, four female pedestrians were crushed to death by a blue M/Benz truck with registration number XF 259 UNZ driven by an identified driver.
”Eyewitnesses report reaching us indicates that the truck driver had a disagreement with the revenue collectors at Upper Iweka flyover and the truck rolled back and crushed the four female hawkers along the road.
”Also involved was the driver and his motor boy who came out without injury.
”FRSC rescue team, Nigeria Army and Nigeria Police rescue the victims to Toronto hospital and deposited at the hospital morgue after Doctors confirmation,” Kumapayi said.