Scores feared dead as trailer rams into vehicles at police check point in Onitsha.
Scores of people were feared dead in an auto crash that happened Friday before Azia Junction, by Ihiala – Onitsha highway, as a truck rammed into six vehicles at a police checkpoint before landing on a bus allegedly filled with passengers.
According to an eyewitness account, the driver of the truck with registration No: UWZ556XA was on speed while approaching a police checkpoint and lost control, ramming into vehicles on the queue, and crashed.
A statement by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Anambra State Acting Sector Public Education Officer, DRC Margaret B Onabe, said that 63 people comprising 52 male adults, 10 female adults, and 1 male child were involved in the crash. It however confirmed only two casualties.
The statement partly reads: “1 male adult and 1 male child was killed.
“9 people comprising 5 male adults, and 4 female adults sustained varying degrees of injuries, while 52 people were rescued unhurt.
“FRSC rescue team from Ihiala Unit Command rushed the victims to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital Ihiala where a male adult and a male child were confirmed dead. The dead victims were deposited at the hospital morgue.
“FRSC Rescue team on the ground managed the traffic and ensured obstruction caused by the crash was removed.”
While sending his prayers to the injured victims for quick recovery and commiserating with the families of the dead, the Sector Commander in the state, Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi, warned motorists in the state to avoid speeding and ensure they keep to the recommended speed limit.
He said: “Speed thrills but kills. Check your speed and not your watch. Let’s keep our road safe from crash.”
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