Eight feared dead as five vehicles crash in Awka

One life lost, 12 injured in crash – FRSC

ABOUT eight persons were on Saturday feared dead in a ghastly multiple motor accidents along Awka-Onitsha expressway Anambra State.

The incident occurred at the Odumodu junction in Umunya, Oyi Local Government area of the state.

An eye witness, a motorcyclist who blamed the crash on overspeeding by one of the truck drivers who could not observe the bad portion of the road, said victims were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

“I was waiting for passenger when I suddenly saw a trailer coming from Onitsha with speed. Due to his speed, he couldn’t hold the brake and suddenly rammed in-between another trailer a bus loaded with passengers,” he said.

One of the survivors who preferred anonymity, while wailing profusely said they were heading to Enugu when suddenly she heard a big bang and the next she saw was passengers and their traveling bags littered everywhere.

Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Adeoye Irelewuyi said one person died in the crash, attributing the cause of the fatal crash to speed.

He sympathised with deceased family, wished the injured victims quick recovery, just as he warned motorist to desist from speeding and ensure they drive within minimum safe speed to save their lives and that of other road users.

He said, “Five Unidentified drivers were involved in a fatal road traffic crash at Odumodu junction Umuya by Nteje-Awka Expressway today 1st July, 2023 at about 12:40hrs.

“Vehicles involved were Toyota Hiace (ENU 32 XD), Mack/ Tanker (with PMS) (LSD 339 XA), Toyota Yaris (KSF 646 BZ) Mack/Tanker (BAU 305 ZE) and Toyota Camry (ABN 64 JA).

“26 people comprising 20 male adults, and 6 female adults were involved in the crash. Injured victims were 12, comprising 9 male adults, and 3 female adults. One male adult was killed while 13 people were rescued unhurt.

“The FRSC rescue team from RS5.33 Nteje in collaboration with a team of Officers and men from Anambra Sector Command, Awka rushed the victim to Boromi and Divine Favour Hospital, Umuya.

“The dead victim is still trapped under the truck as at the time of this report while the team are still on ground controlling traffic and ensuring obstruction caused by the crash is cleared.

“Efforts are being made to remove the trapped body. Fire Service has been contacted are on their way to the scene.”


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