A fatal road traffic accident occurred on Friday at the Odumudu Junction of Njete-Akwa Expressway in Anambra State, resulting in the loss of at least five lives. The accident involved ten individuals, consisting of three adult males and seven adult females. Tragically, five adult females lost their lives, while two adult males and two adult females sustained injuries. Thankfully, one adult male emerged from the incident unharmed.
The Anambra State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed this incident in an initial report provided to Channels Television. According to the statement issued on behalf of the Sector Commander in the state, Adeoye Irelewuyi, by the acting Sector Public Education Officer, Margaret Onabe, the accident was attributed to a damaged section of the road.
The accident transpired at approximately 7:30 am, involving a commercial Mistibushi L300 bus with registration number XE245AWK and a business DAF/Leyland lorry with registration number T-19094LA. An eyewitness account revealed that both vehicles were en route to different destinations, one to Awka and the other to Onitsha. Unfortunately, they arrived at the intersection simultaneously, leading to the collapse of the container on the bus due to the truck’s weight.
The injured victims were promptly transported by the FRSC rescue team from RS5.33 Nteje to Divine Care Hospital in Umunya for medical treatment. The deceased victims were taken to Chira Hospital for official confirmation by doctors before being laid to rest at New Jerusalem Mortuary in Nteje.
The state Sector Commander is collaborating with Unit Commander Nteje to clear the obstruction left by the crash. Irelewuyi extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased victims and offered prayers for the repose of their souls. He also wished the injured victims a swift and complete recovery. The sector commander urged drivers to exercise caution and maintain situational awareness while on the road.