Multiple Accidents Claim Two Lives, Nine Injured Along Onitsha- Owerri Expressway, Anambra


…61 Escape Death

By John Ugo, Awka

Two persons have died and 61 others escaped death in a multiple accidents at Azia town along Onitsha-Owerri expressway in Anambra state.

The incident happened on Friday as a result of road checkpoint mounted by the police at Azia junction along the expressway in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.

The victims include a male adult and a little boy while nine persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Four women were among those injured in the crashes involving seven vehicles and an articulated truck.

An eyewitness disclosed that the crash occurred when the driver of the truck who was on speed lost control as he approaching the police Checkpoint at Azia junction on the dual carriage route.

He said, “The driver rammed into 6 vehicles on queue at the Checkpoint, killing several passengers and injuring ofhers inside the vehicles.”

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambr State, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi who confirmed the incident said the corpses of those who died in the crash have been deposited in the mortuary.

He however commiserated with families of the deceased

He also prayed for quick recovery of the injured even as he warned motorists to avoid speeding and to ensure they maintain recommended speed limit.

According to him, “63 people compromising 52 male adults, 10 female adults, and 1 male child were involved in the crash.

“One male adult, and one male child were killed, 9 people compromising five male adults, and four female adults sustained varying degrees of injuries, while 52 people were rescued unhurt.

“The dead victims were deposited at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital Ihiala while the injured are receiving treatment at same hospital.

“FRSC rescue team on ground managed the traffic and ensured obstruction caused by the crash was removed.”


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