By Izunna Okafor, Onitsha
No fewer than two persons have died, while six others got severely injured, following a lone fatal crash that occured at the Odumodu Junction, along the Nteje-Onitsha Expressway in Anambra State.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra State, CC Adeoye Irelewuyi confirmed this in a statement to newsmen, in which he also disclosed that the crash, which occurred around 6.50pm on Tuesday, involved a commercial Toyota Sienna with Registration Number: LND502YE with six persons on board.
According to him, eyewitness accounts revealed that the crash was attributable to over-speeding, as the driver, who was cruising on high speed, suddenly lost control of the vehicle and somersaulted, after hitting a pedestrian crossing the highway.
He identified the female pedestrian and one of the passengers in the bus as the two people who died in the crash. He also sympathized with the deceased families and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.
Irelewuyi, however, warned motorists against excessive speeding in order arrive their destinations alive.
He said, “A fatal road traffic crash was recorded on 18th April, 2023 at Tempo 300 meters away from Odumodu junction, along Nteje-Onitsha Expressway.
“The lone crash involved a Commercial Toyota Sienna with Registration. Number: LND502YE belonging to young shall grow motors.
“The probable cause of the fatal road traffic crash was speed.
“According to eyewitness, the driver was on speed, lost control of the vehicle, somersaulted after hitting a woman crossing the expressway and crashed.
“Seven persons were involved in the crash comprising 4 male adults, and 3 female adults. 4 male adults and 1 female adult sustained varying degrees of injury and 2 female adults (the pedestrian crossing the road and 1 passenger in the vehicle) were killed.
“FRSC first responders at Nteje rushed the injured victims to Beatrice Specialist Hospital Umunya where 2 female adults were confirmed dead.
“FRSC personnel at RS5.33 Nteje Unit Command on ground managed traffic and ensured obstruction caused by the crash was cleared.”