Anambra road accident claims 5 lives

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

The junction is prone to accident because vehicles, especially the heavy duty trucks which usually find it difficult to maneuver.


The 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 was caused when the container of the truck fell on the commercial bus at the bad spot as the driver was navigating through the failed portion of the road.

An eyewitness said the two vehicles were moving in opposite directions when the accident happened.

According to the eye witness, 10 people, comprising three male adults and seven female adults were involved in the crash.

The eyewitness said: “Five persons, all female, were killed, while two male adults and two female adults sustained various degrees of injury, while 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 as the two drivers were finding a safer spot to put their tyres”

The acting Sector Public Education Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps, Margaret Onabe, who confirmed the accident said the probable cause of the fatal crash was attributed to the failed portion of the road.


Lawal AbdulSalam Olawale

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