A man said to be an auto mechanic was crushed to death on Saturday October 24, while trying to jump out of a trailer suspected to be carrying COVID-19 palliatives at the popular Aroma junction, Awka, Anambra state.
According to Daily Trust, an eyewitness said the victim simply identified as Ala Owerri, jumped into a moving trailer thinking that truck was carrying COVID-19 palliatives and on getting to Aroma junction he jumped out of the moving trailer and was crushed by the vehicle.
It was gathered that some trailers were being used to convey COVID-19 palliatives from a warehouse in Agu Awka to another location to prevent looting.
However, some youths got wind of the news and chased after the trailers and looted food items including cartons of noodles.
The deceased was said to have sighted a trailer on the road and jumped onboard only to find charcoal. He jumped back out and was crushed by the trailer tyres. His stomach was torn open and his legs broke under the weight of the vehicle.
An angry mob intercepted the trailer and set it on set it on fire.
An eyewitness who identified himself as Okey Uche said the driver of the trailer never knew that somebody jumped into his vehicle and was not aware when the man jumped back out.