Road crash claims two lives in Onitsha, as truck crushes motorcyclist in Awka
A multiple road accidents, yesterday claimed two lives at Upper Iweka, along Awka-Onitsha Expressway, while an unidentified motorcyclist, was crushed to death by an articulated truck, near Government House, along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
An eyewitness said the victims, who died in the Onitsha accident were a commercial bus driver and a female sachet water hawker
He said four vehicles, a truck, two commercial buses and a private car were involved in the road crash.
The eyewitness said the truck killed a driver of one of the affected buses, who sat inside waiting for his turn to load and a girl hawking sachet water along the road.
Also, it was gathered that the deceased in Awka was heading towards the Onitsha axis when he was hit by a car trying to manoeuvre its way.
An eyewitness explained that the deceased was still lying on the road when the truck coming from behind ran over him, leaving him dead with his head crushed beyond recognition and his motorcycle destroyed.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident in Onitsha, attributed the cause of the crash to loss of control and brake failure.
In a statement, he said: “A fatal road traffic crash occurred in front of Adam and Eve Motors Upper Iweka by Awka-Onitsha Expressway at about 15:35hours.
“The crash involved four people comprising three male adults and one female adult. Two persons, a driver and a pedestrian hawking sachet water were killed in the crash while one male adult was injured.
“The crash was between four vehicles: Unidentified drivers of a Mercedes Benz truck with registration number: XJ444NSH, a Mercedes Benz 190 car with registration number HAL585RF, Suzuki Every bus with registration number: RLU799XC and Mitsubishi L300 bus with registration number: SSM892ZR.
“The injured victim was taken to Toronto hospital for treatment and the deceased deposited at the same hospital morgue by FRSC rescue team from RS5.31A Upper Iweka Outpost Command.
Irelewuyi, who condoled with the deceased families and wished the injured quick recovery, urged drivers to ensure their vehicles met minimum safety standards before hitting the road.