No than 30 persons narrowly escaped death yesterday in the multiple road traffic crash that occurred close to the main gate of Imo State Water Board, Ugwu Orji, Owerri.
Vanguard investigation revealed that the multiple accident involved six fully loaded commercial tricycles, a trailer loaded with bags of cement, an empty tipper lorry, a Peugeot 504 saloon car and another articulated lorry carrying different sizes of plank.
The number-plates of the tricycles are QP 327 NWA, MT 84 ENU, QP 864 UML, QE 308 NWA and two others whose numbers were not visible because of the points of impact.
The vehicles included the trailer, XB 483 MGR, the tipper, XB 486 UMA, the articulated lorry, XJ 744 NSH and the Peugeot 504 saloon car with number plate AJ 318 KRK.
The accident caused serious traffic build up that lasted for hours, especially during the rush hours of the morning.
All the tricycles had serious impact with the lorry laden with goods, which damaged them beyond repair, even as it was not clear at press time why some of the tricycles appeared to be facing oncoming traffic.
Efforts made to get any of the lorry drivers involved in the accident for their comments failed as they securely locked their vehicles and scampered into safety.
Sympathisers, who were at the scene when Vanguard arrived about 8.15am, said some of the injured persons were quickly moved to the hospital for immediate medical attention.
While some of the people blamed the operatives of the state’s Environmental Transformation Commission, ENTRACO, for the mishap, others claimed that both the tipper and trailer had break failure.
However, none of the fellows that hinged the road crash to break failure was able to explain why the trailer and tipper eventually stopped on the road and not crashing off the road..
None of the traffic policemen, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps agreed to talk to Vanguard at the scene but busied themselves in controlling traffic.