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A man has been confirmed dead in an accident involving five vehicles at Odumodu Junction, Umunya by Nteje-Awka Expressway in Anambra.
Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, corroborated the incident while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday.
Irelewuyi reported that the accident took place at about 12:40 p.m. and was a consequence of driving at an unreasonable speed.
He mentioned that the multiple crashes included a commercial Toyota Hiace bus with registration number ENU 32 XD and a loaded tanker with registration number LSD 339 XA.
He confirmed that a Toyota Yaris car, with registration number KSF 646 BZ, another tanker with number BAU 305 ZE, and a Toyota Camry car with registration number ABN 64 JA, were also part of the accident.
He recounted that due to the driver of the loaded tanker’s excessive speeding, the vehicle spiraled out of control. The ensuing collision with another vehicle triggered a cascading series of impacts, leading to a chaotic pile-up involving numerous vehicles.
‘Out of the 26 persons, including 20 male adults and 6 female adults involved in the crash, 12 sustained injuries, the driver of the Toyota Yaris car was killed while 13 others were rescued unhurt.’
‘FRSC rescue team rushed the victims to Boromi hospital, Onitsha, and Divine Favour hospital, Umunya, while efforts are being made to remove the body of the dead victim trapped under the tanker,’ he noted.
The sector commander stated that the state Fire Service had arrived at the scene to ensure immediate response and control of any fire outbreak, taking into account the fact that the tanker was transporting PMS.
His words highlighted the proactive efforts of the FRSC personnel who skillfully handled traffic control, swiftly removing the hindrance created by the accident.
Expressing sympathy for the family of the deceased, Irelewuyi issued a firm admonition to motorists, emphasising the need to avoid speeding and instead maintain a minimum safe speed, thereby safeguarding their own well-being and that of fellow road users.