A fatal accident at Nkwo Mmiri Market in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, on Saturday, claimed two lives and injured no fewer than eight persons.
The police spokesperson in Imo State, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.
Mr Ikeokwu, a superintendent of police, said a MACK truck that was carrying chippings and driven by Kingsley Okwudili from Ebonyi State to Orlu in Imo rammed into two vehicles, a bus and a tricycle, when its brake failed.
He said all three vehicles fell into a stream while the contents of the upended truck poured on people nearby.
He said that out of the 10 rescued persons, two were confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital while the driver was taken into custody.
“A MACK truck loaded with chippings, driven by one Kingsley Okwudili coming from Ebonyi state to Orlu, on getting to Nkwo Mmiri market, ran into two vehicles by 12:00 noon as a result of brake failure.
“The impact pushed the truck and the other two vehicles into a stream nearby.
“Sequel to that, operatives of the Divisional Police Headquarters in Nwangele moved to the scene and rescued 10 affected persons
“On getting to the hospital two of the victims were confirmed dead while eight others with various degrees of injury were taken in for treatment.
“Meanwhile, the driver has been taken into custody as investigation has commenced,” the police spokesperson said.