An accident occurred around the Bypass area of Gombe state on Tuesday, after an open truck said to belong to Dangote trucks experienced brake failure and rammed into other vehicles killing six people .
According to eye witnesses, the truck which was carrying ceiling sheets, hit the vehicles and knock them into a nearby canal.
An eyewitness, Julaibib Musa, who narrated how the incident played out said “the accident happened a few minutes ago. It was the Dangote truck that started brushing an 18-seater bus, with LAG Agege 814 plate number, with three passengers and tricycles into the canal.”
A survivor, who identified himself as Mubarak, a tricycle operator said, ‘after dropping passengers, I tried to take a U-turn when I saw the truck approaching. Before I could do anything the truck was about to hit me, it was then I tried to divert my tricycle to avoid been crushed”.
The deputy commissioner of police DCP Nasiru Mohammed, who confirmed the accident said it is a terrible occurrence. “Well my men said about (6) six people were confirmed dead, while over ten (10) others are receiving treatment, so far”.
It will be recalled that this accident is the third within six months around the same spot.
The first incident involved a truck conveying petroleum product to Biu, in Borno State, it claimed over ten lives and dozens were burnt beyond recognition, the second which claimed three lives was also conveying diesel to Biu.
Rescue efforts were ongoing as of the time of filing this report by the joint effort of Police, FRSC, and Red cross.