Akpan Umoh, Uyo
The Federal Road Safety Corps has warned drivers against speeding as five persons were killed and 11 injured in a road crash involving a Nissan Caravan with Registration number GWB532XY and a Mark Truck with no registration number along Itu – Calabar road by Ayadehe on Saturday.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Akwa Ibom Command, Mr Matthew Olonisaye, disclosed this in a statement issued in Uyo and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Olonisaye attributed the crash to speeding and warned road users, especially motorists against Speeding, Wrong-way Drive and Indiscriminate Parking.
He said that 11 males and five females were involved in the crash, explaining that three out of the five females and two out of the 11 males involved were confirmed dead, while the remaining ones sustained injuries of various degrees.
“When the incident report was received, the FRSC operatives mobilised and moved over to attend to the situation.
“Upon arrival at the crash scene, the injured ones were moved to nearby Hospitals for prompt medical attention while the bodies of the deceased were deposited at the morgue.
“When an inquiry was made as to the cause of the crash, it was gathered that the causal factor to the crash was speed related according to eyewitnesses.
“After the immediate evacuation of the victims, the road was cleared of the wreckages to enable free of traffic,” Olonisaye said.
Olonisaye said that the accident could have been avoided should the drivers have observed certain degrees of safety measures and adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations.
He urged road users to be extremely cautious while using the roads during this yuletide season to avoid future occurrences.
The FRSC Boss said that the command had continually sensitised and enlightened motorists on safe road use culture to avert such incidences of road carnages.
Olonisaye cautioned all road users against excessive speeding, Indiscriminate Parking, Inadequacy of Lighting systems, Distracted driving, Night Time Travel, Drunk Driving, and Non-adherence to traffic rules among others.
The sector commander, while commiserating with the families of the deceased, wished the injured a quick recovery.
He enjoined all road users to strictly adhere to traffic rules for safe road usage to avoid the loss of lives and property on our roads.