17 commuters escape death in trailer accident

No less than 17 commuters had a close shave with death when they escaped a trailer accident on Asaba-Benin expressway.

The Trailer scene

At least 17 persons escaped death when a trailer load of cement with registration number Kogi JMU31XA crashed into another trailer after its brake failed along Asaba-Benin Expressway.

According to an eyewitness, the accident which happened on Sunday 4th October, saw a trailer veer off of its lane around the mechanic village along the expressway heading towards Benin and crash into a trailer loaded with drinks.

According to Punch, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and commuters waiting for vehicles travelling to Benin/Lagos were among those that escaped.

A patron of the mechanic village and the Hausa community, Francis Brown, told our correspondent that from February to date the spot had recorded the death of 23 persons either due to head-on collision or brake failure.

While calling on the state government and authorities concerned to relocate the mechanic village to avoid further incident of ghastly motor accident, Brown decried the incessant road accidents along the Asaba-Benin Expressway saying that most of the accidents were caused by brake failure.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, confirmed that no life was lost, saying the incident occurred about 7:30 am.

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