By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—Two bike riders narrowly escaped death, Sunday, as a trailer conveying baskets of tomatoes fell on them at the City Gate along Suleja-Minna Road, Minna, Niger State.
The driver of the trailer, Danjuma Mohammed, who also sustained serious injury, was taking the baskets of tomatoes to the late Abdullahi Abdulkhadir Kure Market, Minna from Plateau State.
It was gathered that the quick intervention of passersby saved the two motorcycle riders from suffocating to death as they quickly pulled them from under the baskets of tomatoes and rushed to the hospital.
The combination of officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the Police were quickly mobilised to the scene to control traffic and for rescue operation.
The ambulance of the FRSC was used to rush the victims to the Minna General Hospital for medical attention.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said that the Police were fully on ground to ensure law and orderliness adding that, “we will not allow hoodlums cart away any of these produce (tomatoes).”
Our correspondent, however, reported that even with the presence of security apparatus at the scene, some youths were seen scooping diesel from the tank of the fallen vehicle with the explanation that they were trying to stop it from spilling all over the major road to avoid possible explosion and fire disaster.