2 die, 12 injured in Anambra road accident

An over-speeding commercial bus with registration No. NEN59XQ has killed two persons and injured 12 others in an auto crash involving a tipper with no registration number.

Also affected was the driver of the bus whose leg was cut off.

It was gathered that the crash, which happened on Friday along Onitsha/Owerri Expressway, Anambra State, was caused by excessive over-speeding which led to the driver losing control.

A bystander who spoke to News Express said the tipper driver was negotiating into his house when the bus rammed into it.

He said: “It was caused by excessive speed by the driver who lost control and rammed into the lorry.

“Again, the crash occurred during a downpour which must have blurred visibility.”

The Sector Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Anambra State, Pascal Anigbo, who confirmed the incident, said 15 persons made up of 10 adult males and five adult females, were involved in the crash.

He said: “12 people sustained serious injuries, out of which seven were rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital while the other five victims were rushed to God’s Favour Hospital Okohia, both in Ihiala town.

“Two victims, the driver whose leg was amputated in the crash and another victim had been confirmed dead by doctors at the hospital.

“The rescue operation was jointly carried out by operatives of the NPF, DSS, FRSC and NSCDC. The obstruction caused was cleared to ease movement of other vehicles.”

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