Three killed, three others injured in Akwa Ibom accident
Three persons including two women were killed and three others seriously injured in an early morning accident which occurred around Urua Ekpa Junction in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
It was gathered that the incident happened at around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday when a truck with a Rivers State registration number, “BNY 137 XA” skidded off the road while trying to avoid a tricycle driver who was crossing the road.
Our correspondent gathered that in the confusion that followed the truck driver who was heading towards Calabar, Cross River State, rammed into a filling station, and destroyed three tricycles beyond repairs.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the three persons who were standing in the path of the truck were crushed to death while three others who sustained serious injuries have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
However, the Federal Road Safety Corps has put the causality figure at two, saying only a man and woman died while two other persons were injured.
“I was just standing directly opposite the SG filling station when the truck came from Itam market probably on its way to Calabar. There was a keke (tricycle) driver trying to cross the road so while trying to avoid the keke, the truck diverted and ran into the filling station.
“The three people who were standing there and three keke were damaged beyond repair,” the eyewitness said.
The Sector Commander the Federal Road Safety Corps in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Sunday Oghenekaro, who confirmed the incident blamed the crash on the recklessness of the keke rider and called for serious reorientation for them.
He said, “From the information, I have received from my field officer, two people including a man and a woman died and two were injured. The incident happened due to recklessness of the keke rider who was trying to cross the road. The truck was trying to avoid him before it finally crashed.
“This is the issue we have been emphasising to them that there is a need for them to be enlightened and licensed before getting on the road. But because of the love for money, some of them jump on the road and the result is what we are seeing today.