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Tragedy: seven feared dead in fuel tanker accident in Awka, Anambra

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Four persons are feared dead and eight others sustained serious injuries in a multiple accident along Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Awka, Anambra state on Wednesday.

The accident, involving an articulated tanker and a Mercedes Benz 608 bus, occurred at about 2am at the Immigration junction, Agu-Awka.

The Nation reported the articulated vehicle, loaded with fuel was coming from the Onitsha axis when it suddenly lost control following a brake failure.

It was also learnt the truck while descending the slope rammed into the bus loaded with yam tubers from the opposite direction.

“The truck ran into the bus because of the inability of the bus driver to speed off.

“I suspect that it developed some fault before it got there,” a man who claimed to have witnessed the accident said.

It was gathered that one of the occupants of the bus was still trapped in the vehicle while men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Police, Fire Service and Civil defence were on ground to control traffic.

Confirming the incident, Staff Officer to the Sector Commander, FRSC, Ejem Ufiem, said two persons trapped in the vehicle died instantly while two others were taken to hospital for medical attention.

He said: “The crash scene has been cordoned off, while operatives of the NPF, FRSC and NSCDC are combining efforts to control traffic.

“The Anambra State Fire Service is also on ground, cooling the tanker occasionally to prevent explosion.

“Efforts are being made to transload the fuel to another tanker while awaiting FRSC Asaba tow truck to remove the tanker off the road.”

He advised motorists plying on the Enugu/Onitsha expressway to be careful and cooperate with traffic officers on duty.