Five persons died and eleven others were injured in an auto crash involving a Nissan Caravan and a Mark Truck along the Calabar-Itu Highway in Akwa Ibom.
The casualty figures of the incident which occurred on Saturday was announced by the authorities of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Sunday evening.
“A fatal crash occurred on Saturday, December 2, 2023, along Itu-Calabar road by Ayadehe at about 15:10 hrs,” a statement signed by the Public Enlightenment Officer of the Akwa Ibom Sector Command of the corps Paul James said, attributing it to overspeeding.
“The crash involved a Nissan Caravan with Registration number GWB532XY and a Mark Truck with NO registration number.
Eleven males and five females were involved, and three out of the five females and two out of the eleven males involved were confirmed dead, while the remaining eleven males and females sustained injuries of various degrees.
“When the report of the incident was received, the FRSC operatives mobilised and moved over to attend to the situation. Upon arrival at the crash scene, the injured ones were moved to nearby hospitals for prompt medical attention, while the bodies of the deceased were deposited at the morgue.
“When an inquiry was made as to the cause of the crash, it was gathered that the causal factor to the crash was speed-related according to eyewitnesses. After evacuation of the victims, the road was cleared of the wreckages to enable free-flow of traffic.”
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