At least three persons were dead yesterday while eight others sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident along Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Awka, Anambra State.
Source : Nigerian pilot
The accident involved an articulated vehicle loaded with fuel that had a collision with a Mercedes Benz 608 bus at about 2 am at the Immigration junction, Agu-Awka.
It was gathered the vehicle was coming from the Onitsha axis when it suddenly lost control following a brake failure and rammed into the bus loaded with yam tubers coming from the opposite direction.
According to an eye witness who pleaded anonymity said, “The truck ran into the bus because of the inability of the bus driver to speed off. I suspect that it developed some fault before it got there.”
When Nigerian Pilot visited the scene of the accident, one of the occupants of the bus was still trapped in the vehicle while men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Police, Fire Service and Civil defence were on ground to control traffic.
Confirming the incident, Staff Officer to the Sector Commander, FRSC, Ejem Ufiem said two persons trapped in the vehicle died instantly while two others were taken to hospital for medical attention.
He said, “The crash scene has been cordoned off, while operatives of the NPF, FRSC and NSCDC are combining efforts to control traffic.”
“The Anambra State Fire Service is also on ground, cooling the tanker occasionally to prevent explosion.
“Efforts are being made to load the fuel to another tanker while awaiting FRSC Asaba tow truck to remove the tanker off the road.”
Ufiem advised motorists plying on the Enugu/Onitsha expressway to be careful and corporate with traffic officers on duty.