A serious road traffic crash occurred near New Parts Flyover, by Onitsha-Awka Expressway last Thursday, with five passengers escaping death. The cause of the accident which occurred at about 12.30 in the afternoon, was attributed to speeding. Six vehicles were involved, reports Jude Atupulazi.
According to an eyewitness report, a trailer driver lost control as a result of excessive speed and crashed into the other vehicles in front of him, using them as a wedge. He was reported to have taken to his heels afterwards.
16 people comprising 9 male adults and 7 female adults were involved in the crash, according to the Acting Public Education Officer, DRC Margaret B. Onabe of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Anambra Command.
The five passengers who were injured were rushed to an undisclosed hospital before the arrival of FRSC officials. Eleven passengers were unhurt.
The affected vehicles were successfully moved out of the road to allow for free flow of traffic by FRSC rescue team from Upper Iweka Outpost, Onitsha.
The Sector Commander Anambra State, Corps Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi, wished the injured victims a quick recovery.
He urged the motoring public to maintain safe speed limits and avoid reckless driving, as well as to obey traffic rules and regulations at all times.
The vehicles involved in the crash include a DAF commercial truck with no registration number; a commercial Suzuki bus with registration number AWK 494 ZD; another commercial Suzuki bus with registration number NZM 643 XA; a private Toyota car with registration number KNM 657 MZ; a private Toyota Camry XLE with registration numbers UWN 787 PE; and a commercial tricycle with registration number FGG 383 WT.