Three persons, including a pregnant woman were allegedly crushed to death at Osholo village in Etsako East Local Government of Edo State, last week, after a tipper lorry ran into a crowd injuring several persons, Vanguard has reported.
While the driver and his conductor were making efforts to evacuate the dead and the injured persons to nearby hospital, some angry people from Osholo community descended on them and set the tipper, the driver and the conductor ablaze.
It was gathered that the driver of the tipper lorry was coming from Ekperi in Etsako Central Local Government Area, and heading towards Weppa in Etsako East when he ran into the crowd, killing three people, including the pregnant woman.
Angered by the action of the Osholo community, some people from Weppa community allegedly invaded Osholo, setting some houses ablaze, but the timely intervention of the law enforcement agents prevented it from escalating.
Confirming the report, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ejike, said five persons died in the incident adding that as soon as reports of the incident got to the police, action was taken to forestall further aggression.