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.