Akpan Umoh, Uyo
One person has been confirmed dead and two others injured when a mini bus ran into a stationary Mack truck.
It was gathered that the road crash occurred around 2.51 am on Thursday at Urua Ekpa junction.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Akwa Ibom, Mr Matthew Olonisaye, warned travellers against night journey in a statement issued in Uyo on Friday.
According to him, the accident involved a mini bus with registration number UYY207AE (SUZUKI EVERY) and a parked MACK TRUCK with registration number JF29NER.
He attributed speeding to the cause of the crash, stressing that it could have been avoided if there was application of common sense speed limit.
The sector commander said the injured persons were receiving treatment at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) while the deceased has been deposited at the hospital morgue.
“A Fatal Crash occurred on Thursday 29th September, 2022 along Uyo-Itam road by Uruekpa junction, at about 0221hrs, involving a mini bus with registration number UYY207AE (SUZUKI EVERY) and a parked MACK TRUCK with registration number JF29NER.
“One out of four people involved was confirmed dead while two sustained injuries of various degrees.
“It is rather unfortunate as it could have been avoided should there be application of common sense speed limit and avoidance of night traveling by the driver,” Olonisaye said.
He warned drivers and all road users to avoid night travels, drunk driving, excessive speeding, use of phone while driving and above all obey traffic rules and regulations while using the road to avoid crashes.
The sector commander, while commiserating with the family of the deceased, wished the injured quick recovery.
He further advised drivers to attach value to lives and guide against incessant lost of lives and properties by ensuring alignment with the endorsement of the General Assembly of the second United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety that advocates for 30km/h maximum speed limits wherever pedestrians, cyclists or other vulnerable road users mix with motor vehicles.
He said, “This has a new target to reduce road deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030. Therefore, night travels should not be embarked upon, he stressed.”
Akpan Umoh, Uyo