Tragedy struck in Plateau as 14 people were confirmed dead in the early hour of yesterday in Barakin- Ladi Local Government Area of the state when a vehicle traveling to one of the local governments of the state rammed into a group of children, killing 14 of them instantly and injuring 10 others.
Investigation revealed that the youth were members of Boys and Girls Brigade from three churches within the locality, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Assemblies of God Church and Baptist Church, all in Barakin-Ladi local government of the state.
A source who spoke to our correspondent disclosed that the children who were about 40 were between the age of 12 and 16 years and were out as early as 7:00 a.m. for their routine jogging exercise to keep fit and on their way back, precisely at Tundun Maza, a wagon skidded off the road and rammed into them killing 14 of them on the spot.
It was also gathered that immediately the incident happened both the driver and the owner of the maize and Irish potatoes the vehicle was conveying from Bokkos to Bukuru market in Jos South Local Government jumped out of the vehicle and ran away to avoid being lynched by people within the scene of the incident.
An eyewitness who gave his name as Dung Elvis said it was like magic to the people of the community who rushed in large numbers to the scene of the unfortunate incident. Sunday Mirror learnt that it was wailing and crying all through as the remains of those killed were being conveyed to the nearby health centre.
Our correspondent who visited the locality gathered that there was a lull in the community as people were seen in groups discussing the pathetic incident while the three affected churches immediately suspended their weekend programmes and meetings to mourn the children who also doubled as security boys to the churches every Sunday.
Traffic along the highway was paralysed for close to two hours as motorists plying the route stopped to catch a glimpse on the children whose bodies lay beside the road before they were taken to the mortuary.
The injured ones have been transferred to Plateau State Specialist Hospital for further treatment. Plateau State Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Felicia Anslem, when contacted confirmed the incident, saying the police had begun investigation into the inccident.