BREAKING: Trailer Crushes '18’ to Death in Abia as Protest Breaks Out

BREAKING: Trailer Crushes '18’ to Death in Abia as Protest Breaks Out

  • At least 18 travellers were killed in a road crash in Abia state on Thursday morning, May 16
  • Legit.ng gathered that the accident occurred at a police checkpoint around Lokpanta area of Abia state
  • The causes of road accidents in Nigeria are, among others, human error, driver negligence, and bad roads

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Umuahia, Abia state - About 18 travellers were feared dead in an accident on Umuahia-Enugu axis of Port Harcourt-Enugu highway, Abia state.

As reported by The Nation newspaper, the accident occurred at a police checkpoint around Lokpanta area of Abia state in the wee hours of Thursday, May 16.

Trailer crushes several people to death at police checkpoint in Abia
Tragedy as heavy-duty truck fatally crushes travellers in Abia. Photo credit: @MaureenChinaka
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Eyewitnesses claimed an 18-seater commercial bus was at the checkpoint awaiting police clearance when a truck driver lost control and rammed into them killing the driver and all the passengers.

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Bananas Okereke, an eyewitness, disclosed that the bodies of victims still littered the scene as of 8:20 am.

He said:

“The road is blocked by protesting bus drivers and other motorists who are asking that the policemen who caused the accident be brought back to the scene.
“Colleagues of the bus driver and other road users have taken over the road, demanding Justice for the victims. They vowed to remain there until Governor Alex Otti visits the scene.”

Maureen Chinaka, the police spokesperson in Abia state, could not be reached for comments.

Legit.ng reports that Nigeria has witnessed a significant increase in truck accidents over the past few years, which has led to severe losses in terms of human lives.

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In a related development, Legit.ng reported that three Abia State University Uturu Medicine and Surgery students were involved in an accident while returning to Aba from the school’s induction of medical students.

Fredrick Ogiden, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Abia state commander, confirmed the incident, stating that his men visited the accident scene shortly after the occurrence.

Source: Legit.ng

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