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At Least four perish in multiple crashes at a military checkpoint in Enugu

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At Least 25 perish in multiple crashes at a military checkpoint in Enugu

The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of four passengers, while it rescued 25 individuals from a road accident that occurred on Tuesday at a military checkpoint on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.

The tragic incident occurred at Ugwu Onyeama section of the road.

The Corps Marshal of the FRSC Shehu Mohammed, in a statement signed by the corps spokesperson, Olusegun Ogungbemide, on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and swift legal action against the responsible driver.

Initial reports suggested that excessive speeding was the root cause of the crash, involving a total of seven vehicles.

“The Federal Road Safety Corps has rescued 25 road traffic crash victims alive from the avoidable road traffic crash that occurred at Ugwu Onyeama on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway on June 11, 2024, at 19:00hrs; as Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed directs full investigation and speedy prosecution of the driver responsible for the fatal crash.

“The preliminary crash investigation report revealed that the crash which was caused by a speed violation involved seven vehicles comprising a black Toyota Matrix bearing the following registration details ENU742NL, a white Suzuki Hijet mini bus ENU982XY, a Custom Toyota Highlander jeep JRV247HK, and a blue Toyota Corolla with registration number UWN16AP.

“Others are; a Toyota Rav 4, a Red Mack Tanker and a Mazda vehicle,” the statement read in part.

It was gathered that of the 29 individuals involved in the collision, 10 sustained various injuries, while tragically, four lost their lives.

The injured victims received urgent medical attention at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu, while the deceased were taken to the Park Lane Hospital morgue.

The spokesperson said, “Meanwhile, the FRSC emergency rescue teams deployed to carry out rescue operations reported that the crash involved a total of 29 people comprising 20 male adults and nine female adults. Of the number, 10 victims comprising eight male adults and two females sustained different degrees of injuries.

“Unfortunately, four victims were killed as a result of the crash. The FRSC investigation report indicates that of the four fatalities recorded, two victims were killed on the spot while the remaining two died in the hospital.

“The injured victims were rescued to the Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu while the dead bodies have been deposited in Park Lane Hospital morgue.”

Mohammed reiterated the FRSC’s unwavering commitment to holding those responsible for road accidents accountable.

He called upon the judiciary, transport unions, and other stakeholders to collaborate to ensure prompt and effective prosecution of traffic offenders.

“Expectedly, as a result, that the Corps Marshal had earlier emphasised the need for the maximum penalty for these drivers. Mohammed reaffirmed the position of the Corps on deepening its ongoing prosecution of drivers who by their actions cause road traffic crashes in Nigeria, noting that the driver responsible for the Ugwu Onyeama crash will not be spared.

“As such, he called on the judiciary, leadership of transport unions and other relevant stakeholders in the road transportation sector to join hands with the Corps towards restoring sanity through speedy and effective prosecution of traffic violators, especially those who cause crashes on our roads,” Ogungbemide concluded.

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Residents of Enugu and the entire South East have persistently complained about the preponderance of police and military checkpoints in the area, which they likened to an occupation.

Tuesday’s accident was caused by an army checkpoint, witnesses said.

According to an eyewitnesses, a truck failed break and overran so many vehicles that were stopped at the hilly road, killing so many people.

“A trailer plying the newly constructed lane failed break and smashed more than 10 cars both private cars and commercial buses. The army checkpoint at that axis continues to claim lives.

“More than 25 persons lost their life instantly and many rushed to the hospital,” one of the eyewitnesses told SaharaReporters.

A video captured by witnesses show bodies of victims scattered on the road.

Some vehicles including a petrol tanker truck were seen plunged into a nearby ditch. Some cars were seen smashed beyond recognition.

Daniel Ndukwe, the Enugu State police police relations officer, had not responded to Business Hallmark inquiries on the details of the incident at the time of writing.

 

 

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