A woman and her two children were on Friday crushed to death by an articulated truck along Otolo/Okigwe road in Nnewi, Anambra State. The deceased was said to be on a motorcycle with her four kids when they were knocked down by driver of the vehicle, with REG number AWK- 575- ZW.
A witness, who identified himself as Theo, said the truck driver was on top speed when he suddenly lost control and rammed into the motorcycle. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident, saying the woman and two of her kids lost their lives in the accident. He said the other two children were rescued and were responding to treatment, while the driver was still at large. He said, “There was a fatal Motor vehicle and motorcycle accident along Otolo/Okigwe road in Nnewi LGA of Anambra State. Accident involved a Mercedes 911 Tipper with REG number AWK- 575- ZW while on speed lost control and knocked down motorcycle rider one Blessing Iteshi ‘f’ of Ikwo in Ebonyi State alongside her four children. Motor traffic personnel attached to Otolo division visited the scene and rushed the victim to Akwudo hospital for medical attention.”
Mohammed hinted that the corpses were deposited at the hospital’s mortuary for postmortem examination, adding that the case was being investigated.
It would be recalled that a pregnant woman suspected to be in her late 20s was on Wednesday morning crushed to death by an articulated vehicle, while trying to cross the road at Molete area of Ibadan. The incident happened beneath the Molete flyover linking Beere/Oje to Challenge roundabout. Confirming the incident, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Public Education Officer, Mr Seun Onijala said a red colour articulated vehicle, without plate number crushed a pregnant woman to death.
Onijala said that three people were involved in the accident, two males and one pregnant woman while try to cross the road. “The two men escaped unhurt while the pregnant woman slipped and fell while trying to cross the road and was crushed by the vehicle. “Probable cause of crash is attributable to error in judgment by the deceased victim while attempting to cross the road as the articulated vehicle was approaching,’’ he said. He said that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the State Specialist Hospital Adeoyo while the obstruction on the road had been duly cleared by FRSC personnel. Onijala said that the driver of the vehicle was currently in the custody of the Oyo State Police Command at Eleyele, Ibadan.
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