An unidentified pedestrian was confirmed dead on Friday in an accident involving a truck and a bus.
Specifically, the accident occurred on the Asaba – Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra.
Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra; confirmed the incident to newsmen in Awka. He said the accident occurred at about 6pm; adding that it was caused by brake failure and resultant loss of control. The FRSC boss said that one person died in the mishap, while six male adults sustained injuries.
“The crash involved a brown Mack Truck, with registration number: XX837JJD, and a yellow Daihatsu Hijet bus with no registration number. According to eyewitness account, the brake of the truck failed and the driver lost control of the truck.
“It rammed into a bus, which landed into the nearby drain where it fatally hit and killed a pedestrian. Four passengers in the bus also sustained some degree of injuries. The victims were taken to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, by FRSC rescue team from Upper Iweka Outpost…The body of the dead was deposited at the hospital morgue,” he said.
Kumapayi said that the driver of the truck had been handed over to the police for further investigation. While condoling with the family of the dead; he advised motorists to always inspect their vehicles before embarking on any trips.
He also urged them to take their routine vehicle maintenance seriously to avoid road mishaps.
Meanwhile, a court has ruled that a 69-year-old traditional ruler in Adavi Local Government, Kogi State; Asema Uka (Otumi-Ajoko), Momoh Nasir and 10 others be remanded in a correctional centre for alleged homicide.
The remand order was handed down by a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Friday.
The police charged the traditional ruler and his alleged accomplices with criminal conspiracy. Also listed among the charges was attempted culpable homicide, aiding and abetting; contrary to sections 97(1) 229, 325 and 89 of Kogi Penal Code.