One person has been confirmed dead and four others severely injured in an accident that occurred on Friday involving a truck and a bus on the Asaba–Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha, Anambra State.
It was gathered that the driver of a Mark Truck lost control while in motion along Upper Iweka by old defunct NITEL Onitsha, hit pedestrians and equally rammed into a bus.
Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka.
He said the accident occurred around 6 p.m., adding that it was caused by brakes failure and the resultant loss of control.
Kumapayi expressed that;
THE CRASH INVOLVED A BROWN MACK TRUCK, WITH REGISTRATION NUMBER: XX837JJD, AND A YELLOW DAIHATSU HIJET BUS WITH NO REGISTRATION NUMBER.
ACCORDING TO EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT, THE BRAKES OF THE TRUCK FAILED AND THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE TRUCK.
IT RAMMED INTO A BUS, WHICH LANDED INTO NEARBY DRAINAGE WHERE IT FATALLY HIT AND KILLED A PEDESTRIAN.
FOUR PASSENGERS ON THE BUS ALSO SUSTAINED SOME DEGREE OF INJURIES.
The victims were taken to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, by FRSC rescue team from Upper Iweka Outpost while the deceased was deposited at the hospital morgue.
Kumapayi said that the driver of the truck had been handed over to the police for further investigation.
While condoling with the family of the dead, he advised motorists to always inspect their vehicles before embarking on trips.
Kumapayi also urged them to take their routine vehicle maintenance seriously to avoid road mishaps.
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