heavy duty trucks collided with two hummer buses on the ever-busy
Owerri–Onitsha expressway in Imo State on Monday as no fewer than 25
people were feared dead after the tragic car crash.
to a report by Punch, the ghastly accident occured at Catering school
Junction and Okpokija Junction, respectively in Irete community in the
Owerri West Local Government Area of the state between 4 and 4: 20 pm
to a correspondent, an eyewitness who gave his name simply as MC T-Boy,
who is an indigene of the community, said that one of the auto crashes
involving a commercial hummer bus filled with passengers from Onitsha to
Owerri, was crushed by the incoming heavy duty truck conveying empty
containers when it tried to overtook it on the expressway .
said that the eighteen passengers on board, plus the driver and the
conductor reportedly died on the spot as the truck folded the bus.
to the emotionally ridden eyewitness, as if the tragedy was not enough,
another one occurred within a space of twenty minutes, this time,
killing five persons on the spot, while several others were severely
second crash which occurred at the Okpokija petroleum refilling station
Junction on the same expressway, a one poll drive from the scene of the
first disaster involved another big truck coming from Onitsha to the
state capital and another hummer bus said to be conveying passengers
from Lagos to Owerri which belonged to the Peace Mass Transit.
said that the second auto accident was allegedly as a result of the
carelessness of the bus driver who chose to take a one-way drive instead
of sticking to his own Lane.
to the eyewitness “when the first crash occurred, there was heavily
traffic jam. All motorists were held in the traffic gridlocks as people
rushed to rescue the accident victims. But instead of the bus driver to
exercise Patience by waiting, he quickly took to a one-way drive without
looking. His bus was immediately crushed by an incoming truck leading
to five persons dying on the spot.“
said that it took the efforts of the indigenes of the community to come
to the rescue of the few survivors by rushing them to the nearby
hospitals for treatments.