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Carnage on roads: Auto crash kills 14 in Ebonyi, Akure

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AT least seven people were on Wednesday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, were reported dead, after a petrol tanker crashed into two petrol stations.

The accident which occurred at Shasha Market, located at Benin-Owo Road in Akure started when a petrol-laden truck crashed into two filling stations, destroying some fuel pumps.

Men of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were at the scene to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. Officers of the Fire Brigade Service were also on ground to forestall fire outbreak.

Eyewitnesses said the truck was fully loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) before the driver lost control of the wheel and veered off the road, with one of the witnesses, Ali Mustapha, saying the accident occurred while traders were arriving at the market, adding that the fatal accident claimed his friend who was a roadside mechanic.

“I was setting up my wares for the day’s business when I heard a loud noise from afar that the driver had lost control of the wheels.

And before we knew it, the truck, whose brake had failed, crashed into other shops beside mine and crushed people to death. Sadly, a good friend of mine was among the people that lost their lives during the incident,” he said.

In another development, seven persons died in a fatal motor accident along Afikpo-Abakaliki Expressway, around Akpoha Development Centre area in Afikpo North L. G. A of Ebonyi State accident involving two vehicles, with no survivor coming out.

Eyewitness accounts said the two vehicles were a Toyota Forerunner and Toyota Camry (Spider) and it occurred before officials of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) took the dead victims to Mater Misericordia Hospital in Afikpo.

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