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No fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead following an auto crash on the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Road on Thursday.
Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu State, Mr. Joseph Toby told reporters that 15 persons 10 males and five females were seriously injured in the accident.
He said the two vehicles involved in the crash had a head-on collision while using a single lane.
‘Twenty persons were in the two commercial vehicles; the five that died were three male and two female occupants,’ he said.
He added that the injured were taken to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu and to a private hospital on the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Expressway.
Toby said corpses of the deceased were deposited at the Colliery Hospital mortuary in Enugu.
He blamed the accident on lack of lane discipline, over-speeding and brake failure.
Eyewitnesses, however, blamed the accident on the poor state of the road which compelled many motorists to drive against traffic rather than use the failed lane of the dual-carriageway.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has paid a visit to the scene of the accident.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, thereafter, proceeded to ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, to empathise with the survivors of the accident and ensure that they are receiving adequate medical treatment.
The governor, who commiserated with the families of the deceased, empathised with surviving victims and directed the management of the hospital to deploy all possible medical expertise to ensure their survival.
He, therefore, announced that the state government will offset the medical bills and take other necessary measures to ensure that the victims are properly taken care of.