By Nwanosike Onu, Awka & Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
Five vehicles on Monday were involved in two separate multiple motor accidents along Awka-Onitsha expressway in Anambra state.
While two males were reportedly injured in the crash that occurred at Immigration Junction, Awka, one person sustained serious injury in the other at Igbariam Junction.
Three vehicles, including a Tanker, a Toyota 4Runner and a Toyota Highlander were involved in the Awka crash, while the other that occurred at Igbariam, involved a Toyota Sequia and a Mercedes Benz truck.
The Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Pascal Anigbo confirmed both incidents.
He said the injured victims were rushed to the hospital by FRSC rescue team, while obstructions were cleared and normal traffic flow ensured.
He said, “At about 1.33pm today Monday 25 May, 2020 a multiple Road Traffic Crash (RTC) involving a white coloured Mack (Tanker) with registration number XA268NDN, a white coloured Toyota 4Runner with registration number KJA369EL and a red coloured Toyota Highlander with registration number KUJ691NZ occurred at Immigration Junction, along Awka-Onitsha expressway, Awka.
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“According to eyewitness report, the tanker which is laden with Black Oil had a Break Failure and rammed into the other two vehicles. A total of Eight (8) victims were involved in the crash (6 male adults and 2 female adults). Two (2) male adults sustained injuries. No life was lost. The injured victims were rushed to Life Hospital, Agu Awka, by FRSC rescue team from Anambra State Sector Command, Awka.
“FRSC operatives are on ground managing traffic, while preparations for the removal of the crashed vehicles is in top gear. The Fire Service are also on ground to forestall any eventuality.
“Also, at about 1.35pm another Road Traffic Crash was recorded at Igbariam Junction, along Nteje-Awka expressway. The crash which was caused by Wrongful Overtaking involved a Toyota Sequia with registration number DB139LSD and a Mercedes Benz truck with registration number XC689BEN.
“Three (3) people (2 male and 1 female) were involved in the crash. No life was lost, but One male sustained some degree of injury. The injured victim was rushed to Chukwuemeka Odimegwu University Teaching Hospital Amaku, Awka by FRSC rescue team from Nteje Unit Command. Obstruction has been cleared and normal traffic flow ensured.
“The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Anambra State, CC Andrew Kumapayi admonishes vehicle owners and drivers, especially articulated vehicles, to always ensure that their vehicles are checked and serviced regularly, including their breaking systems, before embarking on any trip.
“He also advises drivers to always drive defensively, with maximum concentration. They should be very observant before overtaking other vehicles. He wishes the injured victims quick recovery.”