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Escort vehicle crushes tricycle, passengers in Kwara

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A government escort vehicle overrode two tricycles in multiple accidents along Ilorin-old Jebba Road on Monday morning killing one and leaving several people with varying degrees of injury.

It was gathered that the multiple crashes which occurred at the Government Secondary School (GSS)-Fate junction, was said to have resulted from speed violation, Nigeria Tribune reports.

The Kwara state sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Jonathan Owoade, who confirmed the incident, said that two yellow commercial tricycles and one black escort Toyota Hilux vehicle were involved in the fatal auto crash.

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The FRSC boss also said that one female adult passenger of a yellow commercial tricycle died and one minor severely injured in the auto crash.

He said the two victims were rushed to a private hospital near the accident scene, adding that the female adult died while the minor is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.

An eyewitness, however, said that three passengers from two of the commercial tricycles died on the spot, a development that reportedly led to pandemonium.

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It was also gathered that tricycle riders out of annoyance protested at the scene by beating every uniform man on sight.

Owoade said, “One female adult and one female child were rescued from the crash scene of the incident and taken to Olutayo hospital with our patrol vehicle while two of the road marshals were left to control traffic as gridlock was building up. The dead victim had already been evacuated before our arrival.

“Shortly before our patrol vehicle returned from the hospital, a report was received that a group of tricycle riders was beating up uniform men around and policemen who came for the rescue were shooting to scare them away. The marshals on the ground were instructed to leave the scene immediately.

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“The angry reaction of the tricycle riders was directed at security personnel because the escort can carry flashers that crushed the two tricycles was suspected to belong to a security outfit. The rescue team could not gather other necessary information because of the tensed situation at the crash scene.”

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