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Five die in Anambra auto crash

Five persons lost their lives in a road accident that occurred at the Odumodu Junction by Nteje, along the Onitsha-Awka Expressway, Anambra State, on Friday.

The road crash involved two vehicles, a Mitsubishi L300 commercial bus with registration number: XE245AWK and a commercial Daf/Leyland truck with registration number: T-19094LA.

It was gathered that the accident which occurred at about 7:30am was caused when the container of the truck fell on the commercial bus, as the driver was navigating through the failed portion of the road.

According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the two vehicles were en route to different locations – one was said to be going to Awka while the other was going to Onitsha.

About 10 people, comprising three male adults and seven female adults, were involved in the crash.

The source said, “Five persons, all female, were killed, while two male adults and two female adults sustained various degrees of injuries and one male adult was rescued unhurt.

“The two vehicles got to the spot at the same time and due to the weight of the truck, the container fell on the bus and crashed.”

The acting Sector Public Education Officer for Federal Road Safety Corps, Margaret Onabe, confirmed the accident in a statement on Friday.

Onabe said the probable cause of the fatal crash was attributed to the failed portion of the road.

She said, “10 people comprising three male adults, seven female adults were involved in the crash. Five female adults were killed while male adults and two female adults sustained varying degrees of injuries and one male adult was rescued unhurt.

“The FRSC rescue team from RS5.33 Nteje took the injured victims to Divine Care Hospital, Umunya for medical attention, while the dead victims were taken to Chira Hospital for doctor’s confirmation before deposition at New Jerusalem Mortuary, Nteje.

“As of the time of this report, the sector commander in collaboration with the unit commander in Nteje is making efforts to remove the obstruction caused by the crash.

“The Sector Commander Anambra State, Corps Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi, sympathised with the families of the dead victims and prayed for their repose souls, he also wished the injured victims quick recovery.

“He urged motorist to drive with caution and be observant of their environment when driving. Drive to Arrive Alive.”

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