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Truck crushes boy

A seven-year-old boy identified as Prosper Eta, was on Wednesday crushed to death by a sand-carrying truck in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The Nation gathered that the incident happened at 12.10 p.m. on Goodnews Street, Azikoro Village, in the state capital.

The deceased was running an errand for his mother when the incident occurred.

The late Eta, who lived in the area, was reportedly trying to cross the road to deliver a pack of nylon bag to a fish seller across the road when he met his untimely death.

The victim on crossing the road didn’t see an approaching truck from the other side.

He tried to run back from the scene but was knocked down by the truck front tyres.

James, a commercial motorcycle operator, who witnessed the incident, described it as horrific.

He said: “I just dropped a passenger and made a U-turn to the side of the road where the boy was standing.

“I sighted the truck and immediately stopped beside the boy. I saw him trying to cross the road but it was late because the truck was already close to him.

“The truck driver also saw him late because he tried to apply an emergency break. Unfortunately, the driver’s effort was not enough. It was a gory sight because the tyre matched the boy on the stomach and dragged his intestines out.”

Also, a woman, Pere, said the deceased was sent to give her a pack of nylon bag when the incident happened.

“It was shocking. I saw him die. He was asked to give nylon bags and was trying to cross the road when the truck crushed him,” she said.

 

The Nation

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