An unidentified middle aged man was yesterday crushed to death beyond recognition in Owerri, Imo State capital by a truck that rammed into an office block belonging to Imo Environmental Transformation Commission, ENTRACO.
The trailer, which was fully loaded with cement, also hit and severely injured two other persons passing through the area when the accident occurred.
The heavy-duty-truck with Reg. No. Anambra XB 882 HAL marked Ibeto Cement Company, descending the hill from Okigwe Road lost control as a result of brake failure before it rammed into the office of ENTRACO.
Nigerian Pilot reliably that the vehicle knocked down a passerby, dragged the body before hitting two other passersby and finally landed at ENTRACO premises and smashing one of the office blocks.
Eyewitness recounts said the ghastly accident which occurred about 12:30pm yesterday caused the damage of properties worth millions of naira belonging to ENTRACO.
A staff of the commission, Ambassador Ekwem Oscar, who narrowly escaped being crushed inside his office where the trailer rammed, thanked God for sparing his life in the tragic incident.
He stated that the incident occurred only about 10 minutes after he left the office, and that virtually everything in his office was destroyed.
His words: “I came in this morning and had some documents to take from office and I was sitting on that table you saw 10 minutes before the incident happened. “I was reluctant to move out and even when I did, there was holdup and I wanted to come back before I had a call that there was an accident in my office.”
Speaking to newsmen at the scene, General Manager of ENTRACO, Emeka Osuoji narrated that he was in his office when he had a bang accompanied by a great noise and pillow of dust, and that on stepping out he saw the truck and the wreckage it caused.
He confirmed that none of his staff was killed or injured in the incident, adding that they were yet to identify how many people that were trapped on ground by the truck.
An eye witness, Dozie Anosike said that he was following the truck behind and saw how its driver tried to control it to ensure it did not kill many passengers already waiting for vehicle by the road side.


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