At least five persons have died and eleven others sustained injuries of various degrees in a fatal Auto crash that occurred on Saturday, along the Calabar-Itu highway.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Akwa Ibom state Mr. Matthew Olonisaye made available to newsmen on Sunday.
According to the statement, the accident which occurred at about 3 pm was attributed to over-speeding.
The statement reads in part: ” A Fatal Crash occurred on Saturday 2nd December 2023 along Itu-Calabar road by Ayadehe at about 1500hrs. The crash involved a Nissan Caravan with Registration number GWB532XY and a Mack 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 mobilized 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 the evacuation of the victims, the road was cleared of the wreckages to enable free-flow of traffic”
Meanwhile, the sector commander has warned road users, especially motorists against speeding, wrong-way driving, and Indiscriminate parking.
He commiserated with the families of the deceased and wished the injured ones a quick recovery.