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Truck carrying container fell on students, others



A container fell from a heavy duty truck, in Owerri, Imo State, on Monday, trapping some students of the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, and other commuters.

It was gathered that the truck, which was coming to Owerri, slipped and fell on the victims standing by the roadside.

Punch report that the incident happened opposite the polytechnic’s main gate on the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway.

According to a witness, the incident happened between 9.30am and 10am when the victims were going to school.

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He said, “A truck was conveying a container from Port Harcourt to Owerri, but unfortunately, the container slipped off and fell on innocent people who were going for their business. Some of the victims are students of the Imo State Polytechnic, who were going to school.

“Nobody anticipated it because it happened within a few seconds. As we speak, no rescue mission has begun. People are trapped under the container.”

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The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, told Punch correspondent that the number of casualties had yet to be ascertained. He said heavy duty cranes were being sourced so that an rescue operation could commence.

A source told Punch in the morning that three persons had been brought out dead.


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