From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Two people were killed on Wednesday while another person was injured after a truck carrying pipe crashed into a building at Igwuruta, in Ikwerre Local Government of Rivers State.
The truck driver died instantly while one of the tenants of the building died after he was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Eyewitnesses said the driver lost control of the truck, with registration RIVERS A630 KNK as he was coming from Owerri.
“I am a fashion designer and I was working with three of my colleagues when we heard a big bang, all of us fainted and when we regain consciousness we realized he building has collapsed on us,” Maragret Amadi, one of the occupants of the family building and survivor said.“
“But none of us was harmed except one person from the next building, though, one of the fashion designers sustained injury. I want to thank God that he rescued us from this serious danger that could have led to our death but the truck driver and one other person in the building died,” she said.
Margret noted that when the incident happened nobody believed they were alive until they struggled to come out from under the truck.
“My relatives were already crying that I was dead until they saw me alive and they could not believe it. It is God and I will forever worship him,” she added.
Another eyewitness who simply identified himself as Chukwuma said he was not happy over the incident but declined to speak further over the issue until the owner of the truck surfaced. Chukwuma owns an electronic shop damaged in the crash.
Chukwuma’s neighbor, who runs a Beer Parlour estimated that property worth millions was lost to the crash.
One of the youth leaders in the area, Johnson Chiwendu, said the issue of trucks crashing into family buildings in the community was becoming worrisome.
Said Chiwendu: “We have to take drastic action against truck drivers plying this road. Last time it was one of the Dangote trucks that crashed into a family building killing two.
“Enough is enough, it was also a truck driver that turned over twenty people into homeless people last year, we are not going to take it lightly with the owner of the truck, this is the time to take action and end reckless driving by truck drivers plying our road, he said.”
Meanwhile, the remains of the driver has been deposited at a nearby undisclosed mortuary, while the community awaits owners of the truck to come forward to reclaim it.