One dead, 12 injured as tanker rams into vehicles in Plateau

Tragedy struck on Saturday in Jos, Plateau State when a 45,000 capacity laden truck with petroleum suddenly lost control and rammed into several vehicles including pedestrians at Polo roundabout in Jos North local government area of the state, killing one person and leaving 12 others in critical conditions.

An eye witness told  Tribune Online that the unfortunate incident occurred at about 11:34 am when the driver of the truck with the registration number Abuja RBC 141 XB lost control of the vehicle due to brake failure and could not maneuver the truck to a stop as he approached Polo roundabout.

The driver who was an underage rammed the truck into several vehicles including seven commercial tricycles with passengers before it finally crashed into the fence of Saint John College where some people sustained injuries.

It was gathered that the driver and other two people in the truck suddenly jumped out after the crash and ran into the College to avoid being lynched by the people within the vicinity.

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The Media Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps Plateau Command Mr. Andrew Bala who confirmed the accident said one person was killed in the crash while 12 others sustained injuries and presently receiving treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State.

Bala who attributed the accident to mechanical deficient vehicle said the driver of the truck lost control as a result of brake failure and rammed into seven tricycles and three other cars.

He, therefore, appealed to drivers to always maintain their vehicles and drive at minimal speed anytime they are driving within a township.

Meanwhile, residents of Polo have appealed to both the State and federal governments to find a solution to the incessant accident involving trucks and other articulated vehicles in the area.


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