Tragedy As Truck Crushes Bus Carrying FGGC Students Kills 4 & Injured ManyThe Federal Government Girls College, FGGC Oyo has been thrown into mourning after four female students were crushed to death while on their way to school yesterday after their mid-term break.
Punch reports that a truck fell on the minibus conveying the girls a few kilometres away from the school, killing four girls and the bus driver. Five other pupils were wounded and currently are receiving treatment at various hospitals in the state.
The deceased FGGC Oyo students have been identified as Olubukola John, SS3; Taibat Giwa, SS3; Mojisola Ladipo, SS1; and Mariam Ibirogba, JSS.
Speaking with the press, the Public Relations Officer of the college, Mr. Akin Omitade, said the truck, overladen with foodstuff, lost its balance as it rode past a narrow bend at a busy market place.
“The students were returning to school from the mid-term break. They were already in Oyo town and boarded the usual mini-bus at the garage ahead of the 6pm resumption deadline.
“But an accident occurred when a truck carrying loads of garri lost its balance while trying to navigate its way amid the busy market where traders displayed their wares at different parts of the road. It fell sideways with all its content spilled on the mini-bus conveying the pupils.
“The driver and the four pupils died immediately while five other pupils who managed to escape were seriously injured and are already receiving medical attention in two different private hospitals in Oyo.
“Our appeal is for government to quickly help us repair that narrow part of the road. We also want to call on the market and community leaders to ensure that traders are not allowed to display their wares on the road as that often compounds the traffic situation of the dilapidated road.”
Newsmen gathered that the school has suspended all activities as parents and community people are in mourning. Also, the market has been temporarily shut down.