…The deceased, said to be hawkers were crushed to death by the truck after it lost control
Three pedestrians were on Friday crushed to death, while seven others were injured in a fatal road crash along Asaba-Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha, Anambra State.
The crash which occurred on top of the bridge, involved an articulated truck and commercial bus.
The deceased, said to be hawkers were crushed to death by the truck following loss of control.
According to eyewitness, “the truck rammed into three pedestrians walking down the bridge after it’s brake failed on the bridge.
“On getting to Ojukwu statue, it finally collided with the Asaba bus and crashed. The driver immediately took to his heels.
Confirming the incident, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi attributed the cause of the crash to brake failure and mechanical deficiency.
He sympathized with the deceased family, while he wished the victims quick recovery, just as he urged motorists to ensure they serviced and maintained their vehicles regularly to minimum safety standard before plying the road.
He said, “An unidentified driver of a blue Scania truck (commercial) with registration number: LSD697YD and an unidentified driver of a blue/white Mistibuchi L300 bus (commercial) with registration number: LEH596XA were involved in a fatal road traffic crash at Onitsha head bridge by Asaba-Onitsha Expressway today 28th, October, 2022 at about 10:00hrs.
“10 people comprising (6 male adults, 4 female adult) were involved in the crash. 3 people comprising (2 male adults and 1 female adult) all of which are the pedestrian were killed, while 7 people comprising (4male adults, 3 female adults) were injured.
“FRSC rescue team from RS5.31 Onitsha took the victims to Toronto Hospital where 2 male and 1 female adult were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty, and the corpses deposited at the hospital morgue. The injured victims are currently receiving treatment.
“As at the time of this report, rescue team on ground are managing traffic, there was no obstruction caused by the crash there is normal traffic flow, efforts are being made to tow the vehicles to the Police Station.”