Five women on Friday lost their lives while four others were seriously injured in a fatal accident at Odumodu Junction by Nteje, along Awka-Onitsha expressway, Anambra State.
The crash which occurred around 7.30am, involved two vehicles, a Mistibushi L300 bus (commercial) with registration number: XE245AWK and a commercial Daf/Leyland truck with number: T-19094LA.
An eyewitness said both vehicles were enroute different locations; one to Awka and the other to Onitsha.
“The two vehicles got to the spot at same time and due to the weight of the truck, the container fell on the bus and crashed, killing five passengers on board, while others were seriously injured,” he said.
Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi attributed the cause of the crash to failed portion of the road.
He sympathized with the deceased family and prayed for their repose souls, just as he wished victims quick recovery.
He urged motorist to drive with caution, and be observant of their environment while driving.
He said, Ten people comprising (3 male adults, 7 female adults) were involved in the crash. 5 female adults were killed, 2 male adults and 2 female adults sustained vary degrees of injuries and 1 male adult was rescued unhurt.
“FRSC rescue team from RS5.33 Nteje took the injured victims to Divine Care Hospital, Umunya for medical attention, while the dead victims were taken to Chira Hospital for doctors confirmation before deposition at New Jerusalem Mortuary, Nteje.
“As at the time of this report, the Sector Commander in collaboration with the Unit Commander Nteje are making efforts to remove the obstruction caused by the crash.”