By Nwafor Okafor
The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed that 11 persons were burnt beyond recognition in the boxing day accident on the Agulu lake .
THE THE RAZOR NEWS had on Sunday reported the accident, with an unconfirmed number of deaths. The FRSC report on the incident reads:
FRSC ANAMBRA STATE
*FIRST INFORMATION REPORT OF A FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC CRASH AT AGULU LAKE BRIDGE BY AWKA-EKWULOBIA ROAD*
A fatal Road traffic crash Occurred at Agulu lake bridge by Awka-Ekwulobia Road today, 26th December, 2021 at about 16:39hrs.
The crash involved three vehicles.
VEH MAKE ( A): MACK. VEH REG NO: NIL
VEH MAKE (B): MIT L300: VEH REG NO: XA857UMN; WITH ABOUT 14 PASSENGER’S INSIDE.
VEH MAKE (C) : HIJET VEH REG NO : UMZ23XC
Probable cause of the fatal crash was attributed wrongful overtaking and excessive speed.
According to an eyewitness report, the driver of the L300 was on speed, overtook wrongfully, and collided with the Mack truck. The shuttle bus ran into the already collided vehicles.
20 people people were involved in the crash
Number injured: 4 comprising (2 male adults, and 2 female adults)
Number killed: 11 (3 male adults, 1 female child and 7 people were trapped inside the L300 bus and burnt beyond recognition)
5 passengers from the hijet bus was rescue alive and unhurt.
The injured victims were rushed to St Joseph hospital where 4 were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and their corpse deposited at the hospital morgue.
The FRSC rescue team from Nanka are on ground managing the situation, diverting traffic because the bridge is blocked, and effort is being made to evacuate the burnt bodies; waiting for tow truck to clear obstuction caused by the crash.
The Sector Commander Anambra State *Corps Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi* Sympathized with the families of the dead victims and wished the injured victims quick recovery.
He Urged Motoring public to ensure the road is clear before overtaking and also maintain stipulated speed limits.
Traffic rules and regulations must be obeyed at all times.
DRC Margaret B Onabe
Ag, Sector Public Education Officer
For: Sector Commander Anambra State FRSC