At about 7.10am today Friday 22 May, 2020 we received information about a ‘fatal’ Road Traffic Crash near Bako Hotel along Ihiala axis of the Onitsha-Owerri Expressway. The crash involved a tipper without registration number and a commercial bus with registration number NEN59XQ.
- Further information reaching us reveals that the crash which occurred in the early hours of the day was caused by Over-Speeding and Loss of Control. According to an eyewitness, the tipper driver was negotiating into his house when the bus suddenly rammed into it. The crash occurred during a heavy downpour.
- Casualties: A total of Fifteen people (10 adult males and 5 adult females)were involved in the crash. Twelve (12) people sustained serious injuries, out of which Seven (7) were rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital while the other Five(5) victims were rushed to God’s Favour Hospital Okohia, both in Ihiala town. As at the time of filling this report, Two(2) victims, the driver whose leg was amputated in the crash and another victim has been confirmed dead by doctors at the hospital.
- The rescue operation was jointly carried out by operatives of the NPF, DSS, FRSC and NSCDC. The obstruction caused was also cleared to ease movement of other vehicles.
- The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Anambra State, CC Andrew A. Kumapayi, strongly warns road users to obey the (8pm to 6am) curfew laid down by the Federal Government, to curb the spread of the ravaging corona virus. He equally admonishes drivers to shun over-speeding and drive defensively at all times, as failure to adhere to obey stipulated road safety rules and regulations can only lead to avoidable road traffic mishaps.
RC Pascal A. Amigo
Sector Public Education Officer
For: Sector Commander
Federal Road Safety Corps, Anambra State.