From SAMSON AKPU, Abakaliki
Five pupils of St. Michael Nursery and Primary School Oshiri in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State have been crushed to death by a speeding tanker.
AbeyaNews correspondent learnt that the tragic incident which occurred in the afternoon of yesterday in front of the school gate, has thrown the school and, indeed, the entire community into mourning.
A member of the community who witnessed the incident said the driver of the tanker was seen struggling with the steering wheel in a bid to avoid directly hitting the children, an indication he must have lost control of the vehicle, but his efforts failed as he rammed into the five of them, killing them instantly.
“The driver was on speed and it appeared he lost the control of the steering. He was struggling to control the vehicle but that was too late as he ended up crushing the children to death. The whole community is boiling now,” the eyewitness who would not want his name in print reiterated.
Asked if the driver of the tanker died or sustained any injury from the accident, he said the driver and two other occupants of the vehicle simply disappeared into the bush upon sighting the tragedy, adding that their whereabouts was still unknown as at this morning.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for Ebonyi command, DSP Loveth Odah, said the matter had not been brought to her table.
Odah promised to get back to our correspondent after contacting the DOP of Onicha Police Station.
She was, however, yet to get back to our correspondent as at the time of filing this report.