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Regional News of Monday, 27 December 2021


Three die in Anambra crashes, FRSC warns against speeding

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No fewer than three people were killed and two others injured in three separate accidents in Anambra State on Sunday.

PUNCH Metro learnt that a pedestrian was crushed to death when a container detached from a truck and fell on the victim on the Upper Iweka end of the Onitsha-Owerri Road.

Also, one person was killed and two others injured in an accident at the St. John Catholic Church Bus Stop by Igboukwu-Oraifite Road.

The third victim was killed in a crash around Tempo Umunya by Nteje-Awka Expressway.

When our correspondent visited the accident scene at Upper Iweka, he observed the corpse of the victim under the fallen container, which was conveying cartons of cosmetics.

While the contents of the container were being transferred into another truck, another trailer carrying cartons of alcoholic wine crashed at the scene, though without any casualty.

The secondary accident caused gridlock from Upper Iweka to the River Niger Bridge, as motorists and travellers contended for the small space left on the road.

The police battled to control the traffic, which was made worse by motorists who resorted to driving one way.

An eyewitness, who identified herself as Nkechi, said the container fell while the driver was trying to avoid the potholes on the road.

She said, “The container fell off the truck and crushed the man walking along the road. When the rescue team came, they had to wait for the contents of the container to be transloaded before attempting to rescue the young man.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that the second accident at the St. John Catholic Church, Igboukwu-Oraifite Road, was a lone crash involving the driver of an ash-coloured Toyota Camry with the number plate, ENU 63 AR.

An eyewitness who did not identify himself said the car driver, Ekene Opaku, who was on speed, lost control and rammed into pedestrians in front of the church.

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

Two people sustained injuries, while a female pedestrian was killed.

The third crash at the Tempo Umunya Junction by Nteje-Awka Expressway, involved a motorcycle and a hit-and-run tipper driver.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the tipper driver, who drove against traffic, rammed into the motorcycle and sped off.

Two male adults were involved in the crash.

The motorcycle rider was rushed to the Chira Hospital, Awkuzu, where he was confirmed dead and his corpse deposited in the hospital’s morgue.

Our correspondent noted that men of the Federal Road Safety Corps were on ground to ensure free flow of traffic.

The Sector Commander, FRSC, Anambra State, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, sympathised with the families of the dead and wished the injured quick recoveries.

“The motoring public must maintain safe speed limit. Traffic rules and regulations must be obeyed at all times,” he added.