By Faith Igbudu
A middle aged woman and her child of about eight years old and a motorcycle rider, popularly known as okada, were this morning crushed to death by a heavy duty truck along New Otukpo Road, near Nze Oil Filling Station in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
According to eyewitness account, the woman boarded the ‘okada’ with her child this morning heading towards the Wurukum roundabout.
The witness disclosed that the rider in an attempt to overtake the heavy duty truck on the right hand side went down the pedestrian lane and made to climb into the road the bike’s tyres, following the early morning downpour, slipped off throwing all of them off the bike.
The witness account said while the motorcycle rider fell directly under the on moving heavy duty truck, the woman and her child were thrown well in front of the tyres of the on-coming truck with vehicle number TO 137 YB which crushed all of them leading to their instant death.
Police Public Relations Officer, Benue State Police Command, DSP Sewuese Anene, confirming the incidence, said that details of the accident were yet to be made available to the command.
DSP Anene nevertheless disclosed that the corpses have been deposited at the Federal Medical Center, Makurdi morgue while the truck driver was in police custody.