Tragedy as truck falls, buries Imo Poly students

Tragedy struck in Umuagwo, Imo State when a container fell off from a heavy duty vehicle and buried students of the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo.
The Authority gath­ered that the container fell off from the truck in front of the main gate of Polytechnic while in motion along the ever-busy Owerri – Port Harcourt Express­way.
Unfortunately, as at press time, about three people were still trapped underneath the container.
Sources told The Authority that the stu­dents were heading for school at about 10am when the incident hap­pened.
A student who gave his name as John said, “The vehicle was con­veying a container from Port Harcourt to Owerri unfortunately, it slipped off and fell on innocent people who were going for their lectures. I believe the victims are students of Imo State Polytech­nic who were going to school.
“The thing happened so fast under a split sec­ond and nobody antici­pated it. Unfortunately, rescue operation is yet to commence”, John said.
Imo State Commis­sioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed the incident but said the number of trapped people was yet to be as­certained as at the time of writing this report.
He disclosed that the Command was still trying to secure heavy duty equipments to commence emergency rescue operations.
“Yes, I am aware. There are casualties but we cannot say the ex­act number. We don’t want to speculate. We are looking for heavy duty equipments for the rescue mission to commence”, Ezike said.


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