Tragedy occurred in Enugu at the weekend at Ugwuoba in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu state when two persons excavating sand were buried alive in a burrow pit.
According to a statement released by the State Police Public Relations officer, Ebere Amarizu, “Tragedy struck on Saturday in the afternoon at Gariki Ugwuoba in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu state as two persons said to be excavating sand at a site in Gariki Ugwuoba Oji River Enugu got buried alive as the sand they were excavating slid and allegedly covered them”.
He said, “The incident people in the site in a shock and mourning mood as they could not explain how it happened”.
The police said that the identity of the victims were yet to be unmasked but sources revealed that they hail from Nibo in Awka South local Government Area of Anambra state but were into the job of excavating sand into lorry tippers at the site.
“Their dead bodies were later recovered with the assistance of the Oji River Police Operatives who had contacted an Excavator that assisted to recover their dead bodies from the disaster scene”.
“Meanwhile, one of the workers who allegedly escaped the incident as he had gone out before then probably to ease himself, is still in deep shock how he lost his two co-workers suddenly and how the incident would have claimed his life”, the release stated.
The police spokesperson stated that the bodies of the victims have been deposited at the hospital mortuary of General hospital Oji River for autopsy and further necessary action.