No fewer than two persons including a pregnant woman on Sunday died in an auto crash along Benin-Asaba expressway.
An eyewitness, Paul Adah, told the media that the accident occurred few metres away from Umunede Community, and it involved a 406 saloon car with an 18-seater bus which veered off its lane to crash into the 406 saloon car, leaving three persons out of four persons in the car dead on the spot.
He said, “the 18 seater bus was heading to Benin from Onitsha, while the 406 saloon was going to Onitsha with some persons, suddenly the 18 seater bus veered across the slab on top speed to crash into the 406 Saloon car. In fact, the pregnant woman was the first to die, the driver survived, and no life was lost in the 18 Seater bus”
But in a swift reaction, the state commander Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Random Kulven who confirmed the incident to media said, ” the 18 seater bus veered out of its own lane to crash into the 406 saloon car, we have arrested the driver for his reckless manners, and over speeding, we have also taken the corpses to FMC mortuary, the accident occurred in the early hours while the rain was falling”. He warned commercial drivers to avoid over speeding during the rainny season
Investigation revealed that from January to date over twenty three persons have been killed on the Benin Asaba express way mishap, a situation the FRSC boss blamed on commercial drivers who ply the road often to Onitsha and other eastern states.
Before Agbor, Igbodo community are often terrible areas that have recorded frequent accidents, and in most cases reckless drivers are killed by unsuspecting pot holes within these areas.