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At least three persons have been confirmed dead killed and three tricycles were crushed beyond repairs in a road crash at the Onitsha end of the River Niger Bridge in Anambra State on Tuesday.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the accident occurred as a lorry conveying vegetable oil to Asaba collided with three tricycles and spilled its contents on the road.
The accident caused a gridlock that extended from the Asaba end of the Head Bridge to Oko Market and the Onitsha end of the bridge close to Upper Iweka.
The vehicle was said to be coming from the Harbour Industrial Layout area of Onitsha, and driving through the Julius Berger Construction Yard to connect the Niger Bridge towards Asaba when the driver was allegedly accosted by some revenue agents who jumped into the vehicle.
An eyewitness who did not want his name in print told newsmen that; ‘As the touts were struggling with the driver for the steering of the vehicle in an attempt to collect tolls from him, the driver lost control and crashed into the tricycles plying the area and crushing instantly the drivers and some passengers’.
An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Onitsha Unit Office, who did not want his name in print because he is not the corps’ spokesperson, confirmed that the accident happened at about 7.30am, adding that two persons were killed while two others were injured.