Friday, 20 November 2015

9 die in Delta road accident

About nine persons yesterday burnt to death when a Mercedes Benz truck laden with cement rammed into a Mitsubishi L300 commercial bus, a Volkswagen Golf car and a refuse collection truck near Asaba Airport on the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway.

The Mercedes Benz truck with registration number ASB 831 ZH belonging to the Dangote Group was said to be coming from Benin axis heading towards Onitsha direction in top speed.

It apparently lost control and rammed into the vehicles that were driving against traffic owing to the congestion caused by queue of vehicles waiting to buy fuel at the NNPC Mega Station on the other side of the dualised expressway.

An eyewitness told Saturday Sun that the Mitsubishi bus somersaulted several times because of the impact of the contact with the cement laden truck, adding that the bus was later trapped under the same truck.

According to the eyewitness, the vehicles burst into flames immediately before rescue efforts could be mobilized, and that heart rendering cries were heard ostensibly from occupants of the ill-fated vehicles.

As at the time of filing this report, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) had arrived at the scene and were making frantic efforts to rescue the victims.

According to the nation Nine burnt corpses including five men and four females have been retrieved from the trapped vehicles, while others who were critically injured were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba for treatment.

The driver of the cement laden truck was said to have escaped from the scene, while the driver of refuse collection truck was said to be among the two surviving victims.

Charred remains of the dead bodies were evacuated to FMC mortuary by officials of the FRSC in the commission’s Hilux Van.

Sector Commander of the FRSC in Delta State, Mr. Rindom Kumven who attributed the accident to route violation and over speeding, appealed to motorists to apply caution while on the highway.