A most tragic incident has claimed the life of a boy after a construction truck belonging to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation crushed the young boy while he was crossing the road.
A truck allegedly belonging to a construction company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, on Tuesday crushed 15-year-old boy simply identified as Imisioluwa to death at Oke-Ijeun, Sapon area of Abeokuta.
The tragic incident attracted the attention of passersby who nearly lynched the driver of the truck and was about setting it on fire before the police intervened.
However, three other siblings of Imisioluwa namely Ayomipo, Ayomide, and Nifemi escaped death by whiskers.
It was gathered that the truck was coming against traffic when the tragic incident occured. The boy who was killed had gone to pick his siblings from school and was crossing the road when he was hit by the truck.
The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite, was said to have visited the scene. Those who sustained injuries were rushed to the State Hospital Ijaye Abeokuta for treatment, while the deceased has been buried.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday. He said the incident occurred around 2pm, adding that the deceased and his younger siblings crossed the road without properly observing the traffic on the route.
Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the driver of the truck was arrested and detained at Ibara Police Station, but he had been released to go for medical treatment having been beaten by the irate mob that gathered after the incident.
“The truck has been taken to Ibara Police Station. We are on the case and I want assure that justice will be done,” Adejobi said.