Two persons died in Anambra State, Southeast, Nigeria on Saturday evening when a commercial bus collided with a motorcycle on Nanka-Oko Road.
A source told HumAngle that the Mitsubishi L300 commuter bus with registration number FGG-212-XV hit a Honda C75 motorcycle with registration number AKL843QH moving in the opposite direction while both were trying to avoid a bad spot on the road.
The source said the motorcycle rider and his passenger sustained serious injuries from the crash and were later confirmed dead at the hospital where they were rushed for medical attention.
According to Pascal Anigbo, Public Enlightenment Officer at Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra Command, the incident took place at about 8.40 p.m.
Anigbo said the vehicle and motorcycle were both on top speed when the crash occurred and that four persons were involved in the accident.
He said both vehicles were reported to have been speeding and collided as they tried to avoid potholes on the road.
“The crash also involved a total of four male adults, the two victims on the motorcycle were rushed to St. Joseph Hospital by FRSC rescue team from Nanka Outpost.
“They were confirmed dead by doctors at the hospital.
“Obstructions were cleared by the team and normal traffic flow ensured, the incident will be referred to the Nigeria Police Force, for further investigation.
“The Sector Commander Corps Commander Andrew Kumapayi sends his condolences to the families of the killed victims.
“He also strongly warns motorists against speeding, especially within built-up areas and that drivers should drive with maximum concentration, applying common sense speed limits and must tolerate other road users,” he said.
Nanka-Oko Road is a busy highway that passes numerous communities in Anambra State, including Ekwulobia and Uga, and connects communities in Ideato in Imo State.
The road, which acts as an alternative route from Onitsha through Awka in Anambra State to Imo State, is in a very deplorable state and as a result travellers waste a lot of time on journeys.
Do not miss any update from the HumAngle team. Click on our WhatsApp button below to subscribe to our up to date breaking news and in-depth journalism.