Tragedy struck at the weekend, when a woman and her three children were crushed to death in an auto mishap in Bayelsa state.
According to Daily Post, the accident which occurred in Sagbama local government area of the state, threw traders at the popular Adagbabiri junction along the East-West Road into disarray.
Reports say that the driver of the Highlander SUV, who was identified as Meeting Mayor, lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the traders.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Kelvin, told newsmen that the deceased woman was having lunch with her children when the vehicle ran into their shop and crushed them.
“The woman was in the shop with her four children. Unfortunately, the woman and her three children have been confirmed dead, while one survived,” he said.
The witness further identified the deceased mother as Ruth and gave the names and ages of the children as Favour – 9, Godsgift – 5, and Oghenerho – one year of age.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that there was a fifth victim who survived.
According to Kelvin, the only survivor was identified as ‘T-Girl’, he said she was seriously injured and was rushed to an unnamed hospital in the area.
In a related development, a two-year-old girl, Kelechi Favour, was also reported crushed to death along Osiri Road of the state’s capital, Yenagoa. Eyewitnesses say that Favour was hit by a driver attached to a local government chairman.
“After the chairman finished his visit, the driver while trying to move the car to pick him, drove in a rough and speedy manner and could not control the vehicle when the child suddenly ran into his path,” an eyewitness told to a Daily Post reported.
However, a spokesman for the state police, Asinim Butswat, debunked the report, saying that information available to him did not mention that the chairman’s driver was involved in the incident.
“On July 31 at about 4pm, along the Mbiama/Yenagoa Road by Osiri Junction, a black Prado jeep with unknown registration number over sped and knocked down one Favour Kelechi, two years old and a female. The victim was rushed to the hospital but died a few minutes later.”