Heavy traffic has enveloped Bwari – Dutse road in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, following a ghastly accident that has claimed the lives of at least four persons including police officer.
The accident which involved a truck and several vehicles occurred at Dutse-Baupma, opposite AYM Shafar Filling Station along Dutse-Bwari expressway in the Bwari area council.
According to an eyewitness, the accident which occurred about noon on Saturday was caused by a failed brake from a truck carrying sharp sand, prompting it to run into a black Toyota Highlander Jeep, a black Hilux pickup van belonging to the Nigeria Police Force, and a commercial tricycle.
AFRIPOST learnt that the truck carrying sand failed to brake from the Usman Dam junction along the Dutse-Bwari expressway and had to crash into the vehicles where almost all the occupants lost their lives.
According to an eyewitness, “I was about to cross over to the main road with my car when I saw the trailer on a high-speed drive past us and started crashing on vehicles. Bystanders at the Tipper garage junction were lucky that they quickly noticed that the trailer had failed to break, so they quickly scampered for safety.
“The trailer driver, the passengers, and the occupant of the Police Hilux were not lucky at all, as they all died instantly while people in the Highlander Jeep and Keke NAPEP were seriously injured. About than four people died on the spot.
“This junction has been a death trap for a long time and nothing has been done to stop it. The FCT Administration should come to our rescue here and if possible, they should tell all trailer drivers not to move on this road during the day, but at night.
“Because the trailer drivers that ply this route do not care about human lives at all, they drive their trailers as if they are the only people using this road, and there have been too many deaths at this junction and the government should do something drastic about it,” he said.
At the time of filing this report, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have taken the bodies of the dead victims to a morgue, while the survivors were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.