by crossriverwatch admin
Four people were feared dead on Monday as a truck conveying over twenty cows from the northern part of the country to Calabar crashed and fell across the one lane Calabar-Ugep highway effectively blocking traffic for several hours.
The accident, which occurred around 9:45am at Ehom Central in Biase local government, was said to have aroused the attention of community people who also joined in looting the truck.
A CrossRiverWatch reporter who witnessed the accident said the accident left the road littered with dead and injured cows.
Policemen from Akpet Division where promptly on ground to assist the victims. One of the Policemen told CrossRiverWatch that: “There is one dead body in our vehicle there. Three persons have been taken to Ugep General Hospital. We do not have any machinery to evacuate the vehicle from the road now but we hope that DOPT will come and assist us while we take the last victim to the hospital.”
An eye witness also told CrossRiverWatch watch that: “I suspect the driver must have been sleeping and suddenly woke up from sleep and veered off track but that is only suspicion as no one can really tell what the problem was since the occupants are all dead now.”
Indigenes of the community were seen dragging a cow into the bush, the cow was later butchered and looted by the youths who gathered to watch the gory scenes.
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