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Truck kills two, injures many in Awgbu

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 2:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka,  Awka 

Tragedy struck at Awgbu, Orumba North Local Government area of Anambra State, when a tipper rammed into a market, killing two persons and injuring many others.

The accident also destroyed many shops and businesses.

The two persons feared dead were believed to be among those hawking mangoes and other fruits as well as motorcycle (okada) riders along the Awgbu –Umuawulu road.

The dead were identified as Mrs Theresa Maduako, who was selling mangoes and an okada rider, Mr. Chinaza Okoye-Nta, both from Awgbu community.

A tipper driver on top speed was said to have lost control of the vehicle and rammed into shops at Eke Awgbu market on a busy market day with many hawkers.

The truck with registration number, Delta ASB 255 ZH, was said to be carrying sand.

It was alleged that the brake of the vehicle failed but eye witnesses said the driver was reckless.  An eyewitness, Mr Sunny Okoye, who explained that he was extremely pained by the tragedy, said after the driver lost control of the tipper in an effort to avoid a collision with a trailer off loading cement in one of the shops along the road,  skidded off its track, smashed into the market injuring many and killing two on the spot.

But Mr Cyril  Okeke-Igbo said the tipper has brought misfortune to many as it destroyed over 10 generating sets, 500 Alumaco doors and windows parked in a shop as well as metal doors and other wielding equipment .

The Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer , Mr Uche  Ezeh confirmed the incident , but said the injured were rushed to Amaku General Hospital, Awka,  and other nearby hospitals for immediate attention.

He also warned trailer drivers to avoid causing obstruction on the highway warned drivers to reduce their speed while approaching markets and busy areas for avoidable accidents, lamenting the pains and agonies the accident had brought to many.

Ezeh pointed out that had the off load done at night when the road was less busy and had the tipper driver applied caution at market areas by slowing down the incident could have been avoided.

Chairman of the Orumba North Local Government, Okey Enekwa, and member representing Orumba North in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Romanus Ugochukwu Obi, could not be reached at press time.