BY SUNNY DAVID
It was a narrow escape from untimely death for 11 accident victims who were involved in two fatal crashes at different locations in Anambra State yesterday.
The Sector Commander, Anambra State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi, said one of the ill-fated crashes occurred at Immigration junction Awka involving an articulated vehicle and two cars. He added that about eight persons were involved in the crash but no life was lost.
He also said that another fatal accident happened at Igbariam junction leading to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University but according to him, no death was recorded and said a heavy duty truck and a car were involved in the accident.
The Sector Commander’s situation report on the fatalities was contained in the release made available by the sector public education officer, Paschal Anigbo.
The release reads: “At about 1.33 pm today Monday 25 May, 2020 a multiple Road Traffic Crash 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.
“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 victims were involved in the crash (6 male adults and 2 female adults).
“Two 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 preparation for the removal of the crashed vehicles is in top gear. The Fire Service is also on ground to forestall any eventuality.
“Also, at about 1.35 pm, 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 DB139 LSD and a Mercedes Benz truck with registration number XC 689 BEN.
“Three people 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 A. 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 and they should be very observant before overtaking other vehicles, and he wishes the injured victims quick recovery.”