…the crashes, surprisingly, are coming on the heels of “Operations show your drivers license” recently carried out by the FRSC in the state
No fewer than six deaths were recorded in four different crashes within four days across Anambra State.
The crashes, surprisingly, are coming on the heels of “Operations show your drivers license” recently carried out by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state.
While three crashes occurred along Awka-Onitsha expressway, the other one happened at Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area of the State.
The week started with fatal crash on Sunday in Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the State where a driver was reportedly trapped to death, with four others injured along Onitsha-Nteje-Awka expressway.
The accident which involved an articulated truck and a Honda CRV with five passengers on board, occurred when the truck coming from opposite direction, lost control and rammed into the Honda, leaving the driver attempting to negotiate the junction, dead.
Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi attributed cause of crash to speed and loss of control.
He sympathized with deceased family and prayed for the injured, just as he warned motorist to desist from excessive speed and ensure their vehicles were road worthy before embarking on any journey.
On Tuesday, another crash claimed two lives, while four others sustained varying degrees of injury in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area of the State
The accident which occurred around 3:30 pm along Oye-Nibo road, involved Mercedes Benz ML 350 Jeep with Reg Nos. AE 712 ABM and an unmarked tricycle.
Lamenting over the incident, a resident of the area said, “Too many road crashes these days. I heard it happened at Nibo yesterday.
“I don’t have the details but I heard that a Mini Jeep ran into a Keke carrying five passengers riding towards Amawbia.
“I heard the six persons in the Keke all died, and the man driving the Jeep together with a woman carrying a child all died, as the Jeep, after hitting the Keke, crashed into the gutter.”
But Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga in a statement, said only two persons died in the accident, adding that investigations into the crash have commenced.
He said, “Anambra Police Operatives have recovered a Mercedes Benz ML 350 Jeep with Reg Nos. AE 712 ABM and an unmarked tricycle involved in a fatal accident that occurred on 17/4/2023 by 3:30 pm along Oye-Nibo road, Awka South.
“The Operatives responding to the distress call, found two lifeless unidentified male bodies on the road while four others who were seriously wounded were rushed to hospital for medical attention. The two bodies were recovered and deposited in the morgue.
“Meanwhile, investigations into the unfortunate incident are still ongoing and further details shall be communicated.”
Same Tuesday, two women involved in another ghastly accident at the popular Odumodu junction, along Nteje-Onitsha expressway were confirmed dead by the doctor in a nearby hospital they were rushed to.
Six other passengers sustained serious injury in the lone crash that occurred around 6.50pm, involving a commercial Toyota Sienna with Registration Number: LND502YE with six persons on board.
The speeding Sienna driver was said to have suddenly lost control of the vehicle and somersaulted, after hitting a woman crossing the highway.
Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi confirmed the incident, identifying the deceased as the female pedestrian and one of the passengers in the vehicle.
Attributing the cause of the accident to speed, Irelewuyi sympathized with the deceased family and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.
He however urged motorist to maintain safe speed and drive within speculated speed limit to arrive their destinations alive.
He said, “A fatal road traffic crash was recorded on 18th April, 2023 at Tempo 300 meters away from Odumodu junction, along Nteje-Onitsha Expressway.
“The lone crash involved a Commercial Toyota Sienna with Registration. Number: LND502YE belonging to young shall grow motors.
“The probable cause of the fatal road traffic crash was Speed.
“According to eyewitness, the driver was on speed, lost control of the vehicle, sumalsulted after hitting a woman crossing the expressway and crashed.
“Seven persons were involved in the crash comprising 4 male adults, and 3 female adults. 4 male adults and 1 female adult sustained varying degrees of injury and 2 female adults (the pedestrian crossing the road and 1 passenger in the vehicle) were killed.
“FRSC first responders at Nteje rushed the injured victims to Beatrice Specialist Hospital Umunya where 2 female adults were confirmed dead.
“FRSC personnel at RS5.33 Nteje Unit Command on ground managed traffic and ensured obstruction caused by the crash was cleared.”
On Wednesday, a female passenger lost her life after falling off from a moving shuttle bus in Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of the State.
The crash which occurred around 2pm, involved the shuttle bus with Registration number: ABA313ZJ and a tipper with no registration number.
The deceased, said to have had boarded the already filled bus and had to sit close to the door which was partially open, suddenly fell off from the moving vehicle.
She was reportedly hit by the tipper truck which the bus driver was attempting to overtake.
Confirming the crash, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Adeoye Irelewuyi blamed the crash on wrongful overtaking.
He sympathized with the deceased family of the dead victim, urging motorist to exercise patience while driving; ensuring the road was clear and safe before overtaking.
He said, “A fatal road traffic crash involving two vehicles Commercial Daihatu shuttle bus with Registration number: ABA313ZJ and a commercial Mercedes tipper with no registration number occurred today 19th April, 2023 opposite Oyi Police Station by Nteje-Onitsha Expressway.
“The probable cause of the fatal road traffic crash was wrongful overtaking.
“Ten persons were involved in the crash comprising 6male adults, and 4 female adults. 6 male adults and 3 female adults were rescued unhurt and 1 female adults was killed.
“FRSC personnel from RS5.33 rushed the injured victim to Chira Hospital, Awkuzu where she was confirmed dead on arrival and the corpse was deposited at new world mortuary, Nteje. responders at Nteje.
“FRSC personnel are on ground managed traffic and ensured obstruction caused by the crash was removed.”