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Auto crash: One dies, four injured in Ihiala



Driver slept on steering – FRSC

A YET-to-be-identified bus conductor, on Tuesday, died as a result of a  fatal crash that occurred at the Ihiala axis of Onitsha-Owerri Road in Anambra State.

  Sector Public Education Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Command, RC Margaret B. Onabe, in a statement issued to newsmen, explained that the incident occurred close to the Ihiala Local Government Secretariat, at about 05:00hours.

  According to her, 22 people (comprising 17 male adults and 5 female adults) were involved in the crash, while one male adult (the conductor) died as four other male adults sustained various degrees of injuries.

  She further attributed the cause of the crash to fatigue and loss of control, and explained that it was between two vehicles —a white Zhongtong Luxurious Bus (with registration number: NNE423XB) and another vehicle that its details could not be gotten.

  According to her, “An eyewitness, who is also one of the passengers, said the driver was tired and slept off while driving, lost control, and hit a vehicle in front and crashed. However, the vehicle in his front did not stop.”

  Continuing, she said: “As at the time of filling this report, the injured victims were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala, and the dead victim deposited at same hospital’s morgue by the FRSC rescue team from RS5.34, Ihiala Unit Command. The personnel managed traffic and ensured that the obstruction caused was cleared.”

  “The Sector Commander, Anambra State, Corps Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi, while sympathising with the family of the dead victim, wished the injured victims quick recovery. He urged drivers to ensure they observe the regulatory rest period before plying the road,” she added.

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