Petrol-laden tanker, Peace Mass bus, SUV crash in Anambra

Petrol-laden tanker, Peace Mass bus, SUV crash in Anambra 

Multiple crash involving a petrol-laden truck, a Peace Mass Transit bus and a Hyundai Sport Utility Vehicle, SUV occurred on Wednesday night along the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, in Anambra State.

THE DAILY VENDOR gathered that the crash which occurred at the Abba-Ukpo junction near the Dunukofia Local Government Secretariat caused a hectic day for motorists and other road users.

According to a source, the portion of the lane where the accident occurred was completely blocked by the fallen tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit.

“The portion was completely cordoned off, while men of the state fire service were on ground to ensure there was no fire outbreak,” the source noted.

It was learnt that the development forced motorists to use the Onitsha-bound lane, which is in a deplorable condition.

The source said motorists and other road users had a hectic time navigating through the dusty  and bad Onitsha bound lane of the express road.

It was however learnt that personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were also on the ground to ensure a hitch-free movement.

The casualty figure could not be ascertained as the accident was said to have occurred late Wednesday night.

Eyewitnesses account however revealed that many were injured during the crash, but could not verify if any life was lost.

Reacting to the incident,the State Fire Chief, Mr Martin Agbili, said fire truck and firefighters were immediately drafted to the scene of the incident, to salvage the situation.

Adding that the cause of the accident is yet to be determined as the incident took place in the night.

Agbili said, “At about 0800hrs of today (Thursday), Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of road crash consisting of peace mass transit, Hyundia SUV and a fully loaded PMS tanker at Abba-Ukpo Junction Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

“We deployed immediately, our fire truck and firefighters to the incident scene to salvage the situation. Our agile and diligent Firefighters are doing the needful now.

“The road is temporarily blocked to avoid further incident or fire outbreak and to allow us do the needful. Please find another route for your journey.

“The cause of the road crash is yet to be determined as the incident took place at night. However, some eyewitnesses informed us that many were injured and were not sure of the number that lost their lives during the road crash.

“I wish to applaud other sister Agencies who were present at the incident scene for traffic and crowd control.”

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