On the 28th March, 2019, a fuel tanker which was loaded with petrol was reported to have collided with a bus carrying passengers. The accident happened at Immigration Junction, Awka, on the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway. Two passengers were killed at the scene of the accident, and several passengers were injured.
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The tanker, which rammed the bus, was, it was learnt, experiencing brake failure which led to the ghastly occurrence. The tanker was coming from Onitsha when it lost control only to crash into the bus carrying yams and passengers.
Narrating how the incident happened, an eyewitness who saw how the event unfold, told Punch that the truck was rolling downward on the road when it lost control;
“The truck ran into the bus because of the inability of the bus driver to speed off. I suspect that the bus developed some fault. One of the occupants of the bus was still trapped in the vehicle before men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, police, Fire Service and Civil Defense were on ground controlling traffic.”
The Staff Officer to the Anambra State FRSC Sector Commander , Ejem Ufiem, who with his men later arrived the venue of the incident, confirmed it, saying that about two people who were trapped in the bus died instantly when the accident happened. He also affirmed that the other passengers who were injured badly where taken to the hospital where they are receiving adequate treatment. Though, he made no mention of how many passengers were badly injured.
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“The crash scene has been cordoned off, while operatives of the NPF, FRSC and NSCDC are combining efforts to control traffic.”
“The Anambra State Fire Service is also on ground, cooling the tanker occasionally to prevent explosion.”
Ufiem also said that efforts are being made to move the fuel inside the affected tanker to another tanker to prevent leakage and also possible explosion. He added that the FRSC Asaba towing truck will come to tow away the vehicles to avoid further road destruction. Ufiem further added and advised the motorists passing the Enugu/Onitsha expressway to be careful and cooperate with traffic officers who are on duty to prevent such occurences from happening again.