A student of Ayo Daramola Community Secondary School, Ijan Ekiti, has reportedly lost his life in an accident that occurred at a bad portion of the road between Aso, an Ado Ekiti farmstead and Ijan Ekiti.
Another student and sibling of the deceased also lost his lower limbs after the truck they were in somersaulted.
According to an eyewitness, the students, who lived at Ago, a farmstead located along Ado-Ijan road, were returning home when the accident occurred.
He said: “The students, who were of the same parents, were returning home from school when they saw the tipper loaded with sand and the driver volunteered to take them home.
“As they were going, the tipper’s driver wanted to dodge a pothole on the road and as he did that, the truck somersaulted and hurled the students out of the vehicle. “One of them got his head shattered and died immediately, while the other one lost his two legs and was rushed to the hospital.”
The Public Relations Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ekiti Sector Command, Mr Taiwo Ojo, who confirmed the incident said the injured victim’s legs had been amputated at a tertiary hospital in the capital city.
Ojo said: “We learned the driver wanted to help the two boys and as he was going, he got to a portion that had potholes due to construction works being undertaken by FERMA and the truck somersaulted.
“Our men went for a rescue operation and the police must have handed over the dead person to the family before they got there, so we don’t know much about the deceased as we speak.
“But the injured victim is in the hospital and we could confirm that he had undergone a major surgical operation on his legs”.
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