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Lorry Kills Nine-year-old Girl, Injures Others In Onitsha

Posted: Sep 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka


A nine-year-old girl was crushed to death on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Afor Nkpo – New Tarzan, near Onitsha, Anambra State, while 24 others were injured when a lorry belonging to the Nigerian Breweries failed break.

The girl was said to be returning from where her mother sent her to buy meat when she met her death.

It was gathered that the lorry driver was shouting from afar to alert that the brake of his vehicle was faulty before the incident.

Eyewitness said that the driver could not control the situation and he immediately jumped out alongside the conductor and the lorry hit a commuter bus into the waterway; smashed the little girl and rammed into a hair-dressing salon.

The lorry with registration number, Anambra XA424-AA4H, had full load of lager beer.

It was learnt that the lorry trapped an aged man under the tire, while the owner of the hair saloon managed to run away, leaving her five years old child behind.

“We managed to pull the old man out with his legs shattered, while the five-year-old child was rescued unhurt”, a source said.

The body of the nine-year-old child was deposited at the Eyi Enu Mortuary.

A security operative at the scene of the crash who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that the body of the dead child had been deposited at the Iyi Enu Mortuary.

He said that 24 others who sustained various degrees of injury were taken to an undisclosed hospital.