A motorcyclist and his passenger yesterday escaped death when a drunken staff of Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency, EKSTMA, crushed their legs with the agency’s towing truck.
The two persons are currently at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH.
The accident, which occurred at the Dalimoore Junction, behind Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, attracted wild outrage and condemnation from other commercial motorcycle operators.
An eye witnesses who condemned the attitude of the EKSTMA driver said “he drove to kill anyone on his way.”
Investigations showed that the accident occurred while the truck was on high speed trying to track down another car which might have driven against the regulations somewhere in Ijigbo area but was trying to escape arrest.
The driver of the truck, who failed to apply the break while
approaching a busy junction, entered the road running over the
motorcyclist and his passenger coming from the opposite direction.
The incident, which attracted a mammoth crowd who tugged and pushed to catch a glimpse of the wreckage of the motorcycle lying under the truck a few minutes to 11am when newsmen visited the scene, disrupted flow of traffic around the axis for nearly two hours before the intervention of traffic wardens.
On the spot investigation showed that the truck had various brands of bottled hard liquor such as Aloma Bitters, Regal
and Bebeo, fueling fears that the truck driver, whose identity could not be known, was drunk.
One of the accident victims, Tosin Babalola who spoke on his hospital bed at the teaching hospital, said “only God saved me and that man (referring to the operator) today. We were coming from Oremeta area and suddenly, we found ourselves under the truck.
“The speed of the driver was just unbelievable. We were told he was pursuing a car at the time. The man has changed my journey while I was preparing for a new year.”
However, Popoola Christopher, the motorcyclist, urged the state
government to investigate the accident and punish the truck driver, nadding that the agency should give him and his passenger all necessary treatment and support.
“I cannot understand why such a heavy vehicle would be
speeding like that at such a tiny area; why? Government must support us to get out of this. This accident must not be allowed to deform us.”
Meanwhile, the chairman of Motorcycle Riders Association, Dahunsi Olaniyi explained that the issue had been resolved and the victims already taken and being attended at the state teaching hospital.

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