LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Two people have been reportedly killed and several others injured after a branch of a big tree fell on residents in Ilọrin, Kwara State capital.
It was gathered that the incident happened in the early hours of Monday at Oke-Adini, Zango-Kulende area in Ilọrin South LGA of the State.
The deceased and the 10 injured persons, it was gathered, were said to be waiting by the roadside to board commercial vehicles to their various destinations when the incident happened.
Electricity cables, shops and other properties were also said to have gotten destroyed in the process.
The injured victims were reportedly rushed to Olutayo Clinic behind the Baystar petrol station while those in critical conditions were referred to the Ilọrin General Hospital and UITH.
According to a resident, who simply identified herself as Mrs Ajisefini, the incident occurred around the time children were walking to school.
She said “A branch of the tree suddenly fell off and hit some passersby and killed two people in the process with several others injured. It was God that saved the children, there was no wind or anything before the sudden fall.”
The spokesman of the State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident stating that, “A branch fell off a tree at Sango. Seven persons were affected and were rushed to the hospital, two eventually died and others are still undergoing treatment. Investigation on the case is ongoing. Details of investigation would be made available as soon as it is concluded.”
Reacting, the State commissioner of health, Dr. Amina Ahmed El-Imam, said the victims are receiving treatment and commiserated with the deceased.