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Truck driver dies, 4 passengers injured in Anambra auto crash

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A truck driver has died and four other passengers have sustained injuries in a fatal auto crash that occurred in Anambra State. The accident happened on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway at the Nteje area in Oyi local government area on Sunday. The incident involved a Honda CRV carrying five passengers and a truck that was coming from the opposite direction. According to reports, the Honda driver was about to negotiate the junction when the truck rammed into it, resulting in the crash, and the loss of control of the truck driver.

Confirming the incident, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi, attributed the cause of the crash to speed and loss of control. While sympathizing with the deceased’s family, Irelewuyi also prayed for the injured and urged motorists to desist from excessive speed and ensure their vehicles were roadworthy before embarking on any journey.

The accident involved two vehicles: a commercial Howo truck (10 tyres) with registration number JUX 95 XA and a private Honda CRV with registration number LFA 224 TN. The accident was recorded on April 16, 2023, before Ukpo junction, along the Onitsha- Nteje- Awka Expressway. Out of the five persons involved in the crash, four male adults sustained varying degrees of injuries, while one male adult (the driver of the CRV) was killed.

Efforts are currently underway by FRSC personnel at RS5.33 Nteje Unit Command to remove the trapped body of the deceased, which is still under the truck. Personnel on the scene are managing traffic and ensuring the obstruction caused by the accident is cleared.

It is important for motorists to adhere to speed limits and ensure their vehicles are roadworthy to prevent unnecessary accidents and fatalities. Such incidents underscore the need for regular vehicle maintenance, training on road safety, and a heightened sense of responsibility on the part of all road users.

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