Accidents Health and Safety

Road traffic crash claims 7 lives in Edo

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Written by Maritime First

… As FRSC Says Osinbajo was not involved in accident***

No fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead in a road traffic crash in Agbede, Etsako West Local Government Area, of Edo.

This is contained in a statement in Benin on Monday by Miss Omozie Inegbenebor, an Assistant Route Commander, and Public Education Officer for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Edo sector command.

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Inegbenebor disclosed that the crash which occurred on Sunday at about 11:00hours, involved 14 vehicles, comprising 13 trucks and one Sienna bus.

She also said that 25 adults were involved in the crash in which seven persons died and left other victims with various degrees of injuries.

According to her, FRSC Edo Sector Command on Sunday, 5th June 2022, was alerted of a crash in Agbede about 20 kilometres from the FRSC base in Agbede.

She disclosed that the crash occurred as a result of brake failure from one of the trucks, which ran into other vehicles resulting in multiple crashes and fire outbreaks.

“Rescue team of the FRSC Edo command has been on the ground carrying out rescue operations, clearing obstructions and controlling traffic along the area.

“The Sector Commander, Mr. Henry Benamaisia, while carrying out on the spot assessment of the fatal crash, sympathized with families of the victims who were present at the scene and ensured the proper transloading of the vehicles spilling fuel and arrival of water tankers to put out the remaining fire.

“The sector commander advised the Motorists to always make sure their brakes, tyres and wipers are in good working condition.

“He further advised the motoring public to imbibe defensive driving techniques at all times and desist from driving above the prescribed speed limit,” she further said.

In another development, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was not involved in an accident on Monday but helped to rescue an accident victim along Airport Road, Abuja.

The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, made the disclosure in an interview with the newsmen in Abuja.

Kazeem said that the vice-president and his security aides were joined by other Nigerians to pull the victim out of the scene of the accident.

He said that the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, commended the vice president for rescuing the victim, saying that it was a call to all that road safety was everybody’s business.

Kazeem attributed the accident to speeding by the driver of the affected vehicle, adding that the lone victim was only injured.

The FRSC official stated that the vice-president had directed that the victim be treated on his account.

Kazeem said that the accident, which occurred at Zamani Junction, involved a Toyota Corolla with registration number GWT842AA.

“One male was injured, but no one died.

The victim has been taken to the Air Force Base Hospital, Airport Road, Abuja, for treatment by the vice-president convoy ambulance, as it happened in his presence.”

Kazeem warned against speeding, urging road users to be calm and patient while driving.

 

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