Three individuals lost their lives when a truck plunged off an overhead bridge in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, on Tuesday.
According to reports, the victims were trapped beneath the vehicle and succumbed to their injuries, while three others sustained injuries. The incident, which occurred between 4 am and 5 am, resulted in the death of approximately 45 cows as well.
Eyewitnesses at the scene along Zaria Road in Jos verified the accident, revealing that the truck was attempting to ascend the flyover bridge within the Gada Biu/Kabong community during the early hours of Tuesday. Timothy Garuba, one of the residents, shared this information with our correspondent.
Garuba said, “A truck driver lost control on the Kabong fly-over bridge in Jos North Local Government Area early this morning.
“The truck was carrying cows and passengers around 4:30 am when it fell off the bridge with passengers and some cows trapped under it. I can count 45 cows that are littered on the ground dead. Some passengers are trapped under the vehicle as well.”
The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Peter Langsan, who confirmed the casualty figures said that both the dead and the injured victims had been evacuated to the hospital.
Langsan said, “Our officers and men have just concluded the rescue operation here. It was an articulated vehicle carrying cows and human beings that fell off the bridge. Three persons died and three others were also injured. They have been taken to the hospital.”
Langsan, who attributed the accident to speeding, warned motorists to stop carrying humans in vehicles meant for haulage.