Sani Wilson Enemona
Anambra State capital, Awka, was thrown into tension as a lorry carrying cows knock down no fewer than eight children hawking wares at Kwata flyover junction in Awka, Anambra State.
Daily post reports that Irate youths who were angered by the development quickly mobilized and set ablaze the lorry, including the cows, burning them to death.
It was gathered that the accident happened when a truck, which was conveying cattle to an unknown location, lost its break while descending the Kwata junction slope, knocking down eight hawkers and injuring four occupants of two other SUV cars, which were all mangled.
Daily Star Nigeria correspondent gathered that the incident which happened about 2pm attracted irate youths, who burnt down the truck and the cattle, resisting attempts to free the cattle before setting ablaze the truck.
It was revealed that, despite that, the driver of the truck and the truck attendant were spared.
All efforts by the Anambra State Fire Service to put off the fire on the truck were thwarted by irate youths.
It was further learnt that the multiple accident also caused traffic gridlock in many areas in Awka.
Meanwhile, there was massive shooting in the area by military personnel to disperse irate youths who stopped attempts to tow the truck off the road to make way for free flow of traffic.
The shooting in the area caused residents and even motorists to abandon their vehicles and flee for their lives.
All efforts made by newsmen to speak to the Anambra State Police command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, for confirmation on the actual number of casualties proved abortive as he could not be reached on the phone.