A quarry caved in at Ologuneru, Eleyele-Eruwa area of Ibadan, Oyo State, resulting in two fatalities, with many others injured.

An eyewitness said a truck was being loaded with sand when the sand, towering up to 28 feet, cave in on three persons nearby.

“Three men were covered by the heap of sand. Three of them were loading that truck with sand when the sand collapsed on them and the truck,” the source said.

“One of them was immediately rescued with bruises on his head. He was taken to the hospital. But the remaining two were covered completely and there were no equipment to pack the sand.

“We had to use their shovels before they brought that loader. By the time help came, one man was completely dead while the other one was still breathing; he died thereafter.

“They have been warned to stay away from this place. It is a dangerous venture for someone to stay under this heap.

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“Their names are Wale and Yemi. That Adeyemi just left this place now. He wanted to borrow our digger but we were using it and he then joined them where they were loading.”

The Oyo State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Chukwurah Uche, confirmed the tragic incident while speaking to newsmen in Ibadan.

“Our officials were alerted by residents of the area at about 3:00p.m. that a quarry had caved-in and two people lost their lives.

“We evacuated their bodies to a mortuary while the third person who sustained injury was taken to the hospital,” she said.

As of time of filing this report, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigeria Police, as well as officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were on ground to aid rescue operations at the scene of the incident.

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