Truck falls off Plateau bridge, kills three


On Tuesday, three people died when a truck fell from an overhead bridge in Jos, Plateau State’s capital.

It was learnt that the three persons were trapped under the vehicle and died afterwards while three others were also injured.

Residents who gathered at the scene along Zaria Road confirmed the tragedy  on Tuesday, stating that approximately 45 cows were also killed in the accident, which occurred between 4 and 5 a.m.

One of the residents, Timothy Garuba, said that the tragedy occurred in the early hours of Tuesday while the truck was mounting the flyover bridge located within the Gada Biu / Kabong area.

Garuba said, “A truck driver lost control on the Kabong fly-over bridge in Jos North Local Government Area early this morning.

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“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.