The truck involved in the accident.

Ovedhe Hezekiah – Warri

A truck belonging to Dangote cement has hit and damaged four cars that were conveying food items to communities to cushion the hunger cause by the COVID-19 lockdown.

The truck loaded with cement crashed into four cars around Agbarho junction East West road, in Ughelli North local government, Delta state.

The truck rammed into four vehicles that were parked along the road at about 8a:m on Monday.

Our correspondent, gathered that drivers of the four vehicles damaged just returned from distributing of food items to people in nearby villages for the lockdown and were parked on the side of the expressway, awaiting further instructions from the team lead.

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Eye witnesses said many people would have died if the rain had not disperse people from the the scene before the incident happened.

Dangote truck hits four cars conveying  food to homes along East West road Some of the cars hit the truck .

“The start of the heavy rain forced (the drivers) to take cover under a storey building located opposite where the cars were parked and about five minutes later, came the sound of the truck crashing into the vehicles.”

No life was lost, but one of the cars was badly bashed by the truck.

The truck also rammed into the fence of Race Oil limited and destroyed protectors.

One of the owner of the vehicle involved in the accident, Mr. Silver Odjegba, said
the rainfall saved them from being fatal casualties in the accident.

“It was the rain that saved our lives. I will first of all thank God for saving us. I am a task force member of Delta State Management Committee on Public Motor Parks.

“I was called to distribute food stuffs to people. So I parked here with three other vehicles. The rain started falling. Immediately, we left there, we just saw Dangote truck pick up the whole vehicles. You can see the food stuffs on the ground. The other cars are damaged, but this is the worst,” Mr Odjegba said.

Dangote truck hits four cars conveying
food to homes along East West road

Asked what he intends to do, Odjegba who appeared distraught, said “if they can give me my vehicle, I will be okay. The other ones can be maintained, if there is money.”

The owners of the other cars, a wine coloured Toyota Picnic and two Volkswagen Ventos, which were affected in the crashed are Friday Akpobaro, Patrick Super and Alex Enunurarhe.

According to Enunurarhe, the driver of the truck immediately took to his heels after the accident but was later apprehended and is being detained at Agbarho police station.

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“The Dangote trucks were two, it’s like they were racing. After the accident, the driver took off, but people chased him and caught him. The other truck driver sped off too but he was caught in Ughelli and he is at the station there.”

An eye witness said that, the spot of the accident is a usual motor park for taxis running the Agbarho/Ughelli Expressway.

“Transporters used to load passengers going to Ughelli from that spot. The passengers will sit inside and wait until the vehicle is full.

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When this reporter visited the scene, three of the vehicles had been towed to the Agbarho police station.

Crushed peppers, tomato and garri were also seen littered at the scene of the accident.

Meanwhile efforts to reach the Delta State Police Command to comment on the accident proved abortive.