…As Boy leaps to death with mother filming for social media***
Three persons died while 24 others were hospitalised in an accident involving a trailer loaded with cows along Kalgo-Jega road in Kebbi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the loaded trailer was heading to Lagos from Birnin Kebbi when the accident occurred onSaturday afternoon.
An eyewitness, Saidu Ibrahim, told NAN that the accident was as a result of tyre burst.
He said the trailer which was also loaded with other goods and passengers somersaulted when one of the tyres bursted.
“The driver suddenly lost control of the trailer while he was trying to stop it when the tyres bursted.
“The driver cabin got separated from the main body and rammed to the ground,” he explained.
The Public Relations Officer of Federal Roads Safety Corps in the state, Abdullahi Muhammad, confirmed the accident, saying the injured were rushed to the Medical Centre, Kalgo.
“Three persons died on the spot while 24 others were rushed to the hospital; we have also recorded the death of seven cows.
“It happened when the driver of trailer lost control of the vehicle following tyre burst,” he said.
In the meantime, a fifteen-year-old boy, Bogdan Firsov, has jumped to his death from the 14th floor of a building after his homemade parachute malfunctioned, while his mother and others were filming his jump.
According to DailyMail, Firsov’s homemade parachute failed to open properly during the 140feet jump.
It was reported that adults, including his mother, watched and were even said to have encouraged the teenager as he prepared to try out his makeshift parachute as part of a social media stunt.
The video shows him with his arms outstretched on top of the building. As he falls, a parachute is visible but it does not unfurl properly.
An eyewitness said, “A crowd of people was there and nobody tried to stop him. They only filmed.
“People are not human any longer, they have lost all common sense.’
He said, “It happened right in front of my eyes. The boy jumped down with a parachute. He flew down and hit the ground with his back. It was really tough.”
Other relatives joined the boy’s mother in watching, filming and photographing the horror in jump for which he used a ‘homemade’ parachute,say reports.
The mother – whose name was not given – was “so shocked by his death that she refused to leave the spot”.
The boy wore a helmet and there was ‘padding’ on the ground below but he died instantly.
An ambulance arrived soon after the jump but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Additional report from Punch