NINE people who were mostly roadside traders have died in Adamawa State after a tipper lost control and rammed into the victims.
The incident happened yesterday morning at Viniklang, a densely populated community in Girei local government area, near the state capital, Yola.
Officials of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at the scene would not speak and a visit to the sector office in Girei town also yielded little more than a noncommittal confirmation of the death of nine people, for which the head of the office objected to being named, as he had no authority to speak to the media on the subject.
An eyewitness said no sooner had the accident happened than angry residents swooped on the tipper and set fire to it.
“The incident happened around the Viniklang Junction along the Yola-Mubi highway just after Jimeta Bridge. As you know, that junction is always a bedlam of chaos because of the traffic buildup and the fact that motorists usually park indiscriminately,” he said.
Another eyewitness said he observed that the tipper driver, who was moving towards Yola, must have tried to minimise casualty when he noticed that his brake had failed, by turning to the left side of the road where there were fewer people at the time of the incident.