by ‘Jola Sotubo
Tragedy struck in the Akoko Southwest council area of Ondo during the weekend as a truck is said to have crushed a primary school pupil to death.
The boy, simply identified as Gabriel, was said to have been attempting to cross the road when the truck laden with tomatoes hit him and killed him instantly.
The death of the 14-year-old student of the New Era Group of Schools led to a traffic gridlock as angry youths were said to have blocked the road in a bid to register their anger at the boy’s death.
The angry youths barricaded major roads in the town burning tyres and chanting war songs.
They called on relevant authorities to construct speed breakers on the highway to Akungba from Owo to avoid a recurrence of such fatality.
Vanguard gathered that the pupil of New Era Group of Schools, simply identified as Gabriel, was about to cross the expressway when he was crushed to death.
A reliable source said that boy after dressing up for church wanted to take his breakfast but discovered there was no sugar in the house.
In an attempt to cross the road to the other side of his house to buy sugar resulted in his death as the articulated truck, loaded with tomatoes coming from Abuja, ran over him.
Only his legs were seen as the trailer reportedly crushed him beyond recognition.
The incident, according to an eye witness, occurred opposite Christ Apostolic Church, Oketere Street at 7a.m., yesterday..
Several vehicles were forced to seek alternative routes due to the blockade of the road by the youths.