About 25 people died on a motor accident along the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway in Imo State as two heavy-duty trucks collided with two hummer buses in two different accidents.
It happened on Monday between 4pm and 4.20pm at Catering School Junction and Okpokija Junction respectively in Irete community, in the Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.
An eyewitness, known as MC T-Boy, narrated how it happened to the reporter and said that:
“A commercial Hummer bus, filled with passengers from Onitsha to Owerri, was crushed by a heavy-duty truck conveying empty containers when it (bus) tried to overtake it on the expressway and all the 18 passengers on board, the driver and the conductor died on the spot.
“As if that was not enough, another one occurred within a space of 20 minutes. About five persons died on the spot in the second accident, while several others were injured.
“The second crash, which occurred at the Okpokija Filling Station Junction on the same expressway, was one poll drive from the scene of the first accident.
“Another big truck, which was coming from Onitsha to the state capital, ran into another Hummer bus said to be conveying passengers from Lagos to Owerri, which belonged to the Peace Mass Transit.”
“When the first crash occurred, there was a heavy traffic jam. All motorists were held in the gridlock as people rushed to rescue the accident victims.
“The bus driver was impatient and he decided to drive against the traffic. As he pulled into the opposite lane, his bus was immediately crushed by an incoming truck, leading to the death of five persons.”