Fatal Accident Kills 9 On Calabar Odukpani-Ikom Federal Highway In Cross River State

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Sept 21, 2015 – Fatal Accident Kills 9 On Calabar Odukpani-Ikom Federal Highway In Cross River State

At least 9 people died on Friday in a fatal accident involving a trailer and 2 commercial buses in Odukpani area of Calabar Cross River State.

This is coming barely one month after about six people died on the same spot. The incident, which occurred at about 10pm on Friday, was al­legedly caused by a trailer driver who defied traffic and rammed into two com­mercial buses coming from the opposite direction at the Odukapni end of the high­way.

An eye-witness said a trailer coming from Ogoja to UNICEM plant at Mfamo­sin to collect cement, had attempted to manoeuvre a tight traffic situation, not knowing that there was a gridlock in front.

Consequently, the truck driver suddenly lost control and rammed into three oth­er vehicles, killing all the passengers in two commer­cial buses, before ending up with a truck coming from the opposite direction

Though officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that nine persons died in the acci­dent, an eyewitness stated that the road mishap might have claimed about 20 pas­sengers, as each of the af­fected buses carried about 10 passengers each.

The State Sector Com­mander of FRSC, Mr. Ike­chukwu Igwe said:

“The impatient driver left his lane and probably lost control and rammed into the Sienna and Picnic be­fore colliding with another truck coming from the op­posite direction. The cause of the accident was impa­tience.