By Obeten Effiom
Tragedy struck on the very busy Ikom/Calabar Highway late Sunday afternoon as a Toyota Hilux truck ran into and killed two children of the same parents in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area. The truck belonging to construction giants, Julius Berger ran into the two boys, on their way to fetch water, reliable sources say.
Eye witnesses claim the children were on the pedestrain walk way waiting to cross to the other side of the road when the truck veered off the road, climbed the walk way and hit the boys, killing them on the spot. One witness was particular that the driver of the truck was speeding and suddenly lost control. Drawn to the accident, a large crowd quickly gathered and threatened to set the truck and one of three occupants, a whiteman, on fire. The driver of the vehicle and three other white occupants are said to have vanished from the scene of the accident in circumstances not unconnected with security concerns. Only the arrival of heavily armed security men averted what could have been a carnage.
Efforts by www.calitown.com to speak with relatives of the children proved abortive .The copses of the two children have been deposited at Royal A.C & C Mortuary, Ugep.
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