By Aishat Salihu
Not fewer than two workers have been confirmed dead on Monday following a cave-in incident leaving others injured at a quarry in Ologuneru, Eleyele-Eruwa area of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The incident, according to a witness, happened at the site where about two-storey building high heap of sand about to be loaded into a truck, suddenly caved in engulfing the three men working below.
Reportedly, one of the residents in the area, however, noted that FRSC officials, Policemen and officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) immediately stormed the area for rescue operation.
“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. “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. 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,” he said.
In confirmation of the incident, Oyo state sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Chukwurah Uche, stated its rescue efforts by the officials.
“our officials were alerted by residents of the area around 3:00pm that a quarry had caved-in and two people lost their lives. “We evacuated their corpses to a mortuary while the third person who sustained injury was taken to the hospital,” Uche said.