Awka Auto Crash Kills 12, Injures Dozens


At least 12 persons were killed yesterday in Awka, Anambra State capital, when a tanker carrying palm kernel oil lost its brakes and rammed into a Bus Park just at the foot of the pedestrian cross at the popular UNIZIK junction in the town.

Several people who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to various hospitals in Awka for treatment.

Men of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, the Nigerian Army, the Police and other good spirited people volunteered their vehicles for conveying the wounded persons to the hospital.

Eyewitnesses said the tanker, which was coming from the Enugu end of the Enugu –Onitsha expressway lost control as it was descending the UNIZIK slope and hit a bus loaded with passengers. It then dragged the same bus into the busy motor park, where seven other buses were damaged.

Drivers, motor park operators and recharge card sellers were said to be among the victims of the accident; some lost their lives, while others sustained injuries.

The tanker somersaulted several times, hitting other vehicles as its body cut into pieces and its contents spilled along the road and in the motor park.

Sympathizers at the scene of the accident yesterday advised the government to relocate the various motor parks which have their loading bays beside the expressway to avoid such accidents in future.