Three deadly accidents have wasted lots of lives over the weekend and on Monday 13th March, a National Youth Service Corps member became one of the victims who lost their lives along 9th mile in Enugu state.
According to a report on Facebook, the female corps member identified as Francisca Okonkwo, who is alleged to complete her service in the next few weeks met with her untimely death along 9th mile round about.
The social media user said the accident involved two vehicles – a truck driver was trying to make a U-turn on high-speed and fell on top of a minibus that was picking passengers by the roadside.
It was reported that 4 people died and 7 severely injured passengers were transferred to a hospital for medical attention. Unfortunately, Ms Okonkwo was among those who didn’t survive. Kind witnesses are sharing the victim’s identification card to locate and direct her family to report to the 9th-mile police division for proper identification.
The second fatal auto crash which happened on Sunday, March 12 on the Yola-Ngurore road in Adamawa State, led to the death of more than 35 persons including animals, after a trailer conveying cattle traders and their livestock reportedly somersaulted when its driver lost control of the wheel.
According to a witness, Abdu Ngurorewho also lost two relatives in the accident, the trailer was travelling from Song town in the northern part of Adamawa state to Yola. He said an estimated 40 persons and 15 cattle died, while 30 people sustained injuries.
This was confirmed by Adamawa state chairman of the National Union Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Bello Ngurore, who helped in evacuating the bodies.
He said, “the driver of the trailer lost control, tumbled down the expressway, and spilled out the passengers.”
Fortunately, 60 passengers escaped death on the third accident which happened on Friday, March 10, along Enugu-Onitsha expressway. Details revealed that commercial luxury bus loaded with commuters travelling from Onitsha to Taraba crashed into a drainage while trying to avoid collision with a petrol tanker.
An eyewitness Mr. Obi told newsmen that the Young Shall Grow bus, which was descending the Kwata bridge just before Unizik junction in Awka, was trying to avoid an unmarked petrol tanker that was turning on the expressway after discharging its content at a nearby filling station.
Obi said no life was lost but some passengers sustained various degrees of injuries and same was confirmed by the Vice Chairman of Red Cross Society in Anambra, Prof Peter Katchy, whose team was part of the rescue operation.
However, most of the victims were seen chanting praises and thanksgiving to God for saving their lives.
Prof. Katchy said he has summoned the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to restore the electric pole that was knocked down and remove cables lying dangerously on the Expressway.
He also thanked God no life was lost in what he described as a fatal accident.
The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC has recorded thousands of road accidents and has issued severe warnings to any person behind the wheel to abide by the road safety rules in order to avoid these accidents that waste the lives of innocent people.