Fifteen persons have reportedly died in an accident that occurred on Saturday night at a market in Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
A truck, conveying customised bags of rice with the picture and name of APC senator, Tayo Alasoadura from the neighbouring Ondo state caused the accident.
It was said to have crushed two other vehicles before ramming into shops. The incident has thrown the community into mourning.
An eyewitness told The Nation that the truck lost control due to a brake failure at about 8.45 p.m.
He added that it crashed into three shops and crushed a mini commercial bus locally called “Akoto” with its passengers.
One of the shops, a barbing saloon, had some residents and students charging their cell phones.
It was gathered that among the 15 victims were students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, some residents, traders in the market and a mother and her child.
The strike by the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) was said to have reduced the casualty figures as the affected area used to be densely populated with students when the school is in session.
Angry Iworoko youths barricaded the dual carriageway that passes through the community.
A mob chased away a towing truck of the State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA), saying it came rather late to rescue the victims.
Governor Kayode Fayemi condoled with residents and families of the victims.
He sent his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, on a condolence visit to the community.
The governor urged the community leaders and families of the victims to remain calm as “we collectively mourn the death of our beloved ones in the unfortunate incident.”
He added: “This is a huge tragedy and a painful experience, not only for the families of the victims but for all of us.
“We share with the people of Iworoko and families of the victims the pain and sorrow of the unfortunate development.
“Our prayer is that God will be with you during this painful period. The government will also look at areas of support with a view to ameliorating the pains.”
On his part, former governor Ayo Fayose promised to assist the people.