According to the Sector Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi Sector Command, Deputy Corps Commander Paul Guar, who spoke to Punch’s correspondent, the accident happened on Saturday.
He added that the tricycle rider was trying to overtake the petrol tanker by the CBN Roundabout, when the baby fell from inside the tricycle and then reportedly got crushed by the petrol tanker.
“The tanker driver was negotiating the roundabout when the tricycle rider wanted to overtake it from the right hand side of the roundabout.
“The tricycle rider, who had passengers, was about doing this, when he hit the tyre of the tanker. There was a woman with her baby beside the door. The impact of the collision made the baby to fall and the tanker crushed her head. The baby was rushed to a specialist hospital where she was confirmed dead,” he said.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Kamal Abubakar, who also confirmed the incident, said that the tanker driver and the tricycle rider have been arrested.
Few weeks ago, it was reported that five persons were killed and properties worth millions of naira burnt in an accident involving a fuel-laden tanker and a trailer on a highway in Jebba, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State.
According to authorities, the accident occurred as a result of brake failure of the tanker which rammed into a trailer loaded with new motorcycles, somersaulted and caught fire.
Five vehicles, nine motorcycles, motor spare parts and phone accessories were also burnt as the spilled petrol from the tanker spread the fire to shops, residential buildings and a mosque near the road. One of the shop owners, Paul Mbonu, said he lost goods worth millions of naira to the inferno.