By Jonathan Ugbal
A China National Heavy Duty Truck Group (CNHTC) Sinotruck Howo STW10 haulage vehicle has crushed to death, a Woman sergeant in the Nigerian Police Force in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The unfortunate disaster happened at about 5:00PM at WAPI junction along the Murtala Muhammed Highway near the popular MCC by Mobil junction in the city.
The truck, with registration number NEPZA CR 576 FTZ tried to dodge a Nissan Primera Saloon with registration number EDO ABD 721 HZ and ran over the Police officer who was controlling traffic, eyewitness say.
NEPZA stands for Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority which means it is registered with a Federal Government parastatal. The truck hauls metals for recycling at the Calabar Free Trade Zone from the ship building yard at Marina beach while returning finished metal sheets for the construction and repairs of sea going vessels.
The saloon is said to have overtaken the truck and was negotiating left into Daimond hill when the truck driver swerved to dodge it and ran over the traffic cop.
Pictures and videos obtained show that the police officer was crushed from her waist down.
Faeces from her intestines, blood and pieces of her orange and black uniform scattered across about three meters where the truck dragged her body.
“She has been taken to the mortuary so that the public does not take advantage and snap photographs of the unfortunate scene,” a first responder and traffic cop told this reporter.
The driver of the truck is said to have been carried away by soldiers who are stationed near the accident scene while Police officers are struggling to prevent an irate mob from deflating the tires of the truck and setting it ablaze.
A crowd has since gathered with traffic congestion greeting the unfortunate incident.
As at press time, family, friends, colleagues and well wishers of the deceased have kept gathering, lamenting the unfortunate incident.
Below are gruesome images from the scene…
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