Saturday, July 13, 2024

Four die in Enugu-Onitsha road crash, FRSC rescues 25, orders trial of reckless driver

The corps marshal reaffirmed the position of the corps on deepening its ongoing prosecution of drivers.

• June 13, 2024
FRSC resue team
FRSC resue team at the road crash that occurred on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway[Credit:Punch newspaper]

The Federal Road Safety Corps has rescued 25 from the road crash that occurred at Ugwu Onyeama on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Enugu.

This is even as the FRSC Corps Marshal, Shehu Mohammed, called for investigation and speedy prosecution of the driver responsible for the crash.

This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Corps Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, on Wednesday in Abuja. The accident occurred at about 1900hrs.

The corps said that the preliminary crash investigation report revealed that the crash was caused by speed violation.

The FRSC said that it involved seven vehicles comprising a black Toyota Matrix marked ENU742NL and a white Suzuki Hijet mini bus ENU982XY.

This, the corps said included a custom Toyota highlander  JRV247HK, and a blue Toyota Corolla with number plate UWN16AP. Others are a Toyota RAV 4, a Red Mack tanker and a Mazda vehicle.

The FRSC emergency rescue teams deployed to carryout rescue operations reported that the crash involved a total of 29 people comprising 20 male adults and 9 female adults.

“From the number, 10 victims comprising eight male adults and two females sustained varying degrees of injury. Unfortunately, four victims were killed as a result of the crash. The FRSC investigation report indicates that of the four fatalities recorded, two victims were killed on the spot while the remaining two died in the hospital. The injured victims were rescued to orthopaedic hospital, Enugu while the dead bodies have been deposited in Park Lane hospital morgue.’’

The corps marshal reaffirmed the position of the corps on deepening its ongoing prosecution of drivers who by their actions caused road traffic crashes in Nigeria.

He however, noted that the driver responsible for the Ugwu Onyeama crash would not be spared.

The FRSC boss called on the judiciary, leadership of transport unions and other relevant stakeholders in the road transportation sector to join hands with the corps towards restoring sanity on the roads

This, he said, would be through speedy and effective prosecution of traffic violators, especially those who caused crashes on the roads.

The corps marshal had during his inaugural address to the media drawn the attention of road users to issues of imbibing moral and ethical rebirth, which had become a major issue in the country.

He also warned against traffic violations, citing instances where they resulted in avoidable crashes with fire outbreaks, leading to wanton loss of lives and destruction of property.

According to him, there is no going back on prosecuting erring drivers.

(NAN) 

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