According to the Federal Road Safety Corps Anambra Sector Command, a container that fell on a commercial bus at the Odumodu junction in Nteje-Awka, Anambra State, killed five ladies.
The event was reported to media in Awka by the state sector commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, on Friday.
He said that a container fell from a trailer and smashed a neighbouring bus.
According to reports, the collision happened about 7:30 am as a result of the cars avoiding a dangerous section of road.
Irelewuyi said, “The accident occurred at 7:30 a.m. as the driver was avoiding a failed portion of the road. The fatal crash involved two unidentified drivers of a Mitsubishi L300 commercial bus with registration number XE245AWK and a commercial Daf/Leyland truck with number T-19094LA.
“According to eyewitnesses, the vehicles were headed to different locations; one to Awka and the other to Onitsha. When the vehicles got to the bad spot at the same time, and due to the weight of the container, it fell on the bus.”
“Five women were killed. Two men and two women sustained injuries, while one man was rescued unhurt. The FRSC rescue team took the injured victims to Divine Care Hospital, Umunya, while the dead victims were taken to Chira Hospital for doctor’s confirmation before the bodies were deposited at New Jerusalem Mortuary in Nteje,” he added.