24 January 2021 By Kayode Oyedare.
The Corps Marshal , Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has deployed Safety Engineers to Akungba, Ondo State to ascertain the causes and recommend solutions to incessant trailer crashes that have bedevilled that particular route of the highway.
This is in addition to an Ambulance rescue point earlier established close to the notorious spot for prompt rescue operations.
Speaking with news men in Abuja the Corps Marshal said deployment of the personnel came as part of strategies to mitigate incidences of crashes on the highways, following the fatal multiple crashes that killed several passengers with others sustaining various degrees of injuries on Saturday, 23 January, 2021 along Ikare-Owo road by Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
The Corps Marshal who spoke on the readiness of the Commission to bring road traffic accident to an end in the country lamented the fatalities recorded in recent times on Nigerian roads, promising that efforts would be redoubled to check the menace particularly those by articulated vehicles.
While recounting the number of people affected by the multiple crash, Dr Oyeyemi said the crash which was caused by break failure that resulted in loss of control, involved a Dangote truck, a Suzuki mini bus (XB973KAA) and a Lexus saloon car (KWL 522 AY) conveying a total of 18 passengers comprising of 11 female adults and 7 male adults.
He explained further that the FRSC rescue team deposited the remains of six of the passengers who got killed at Ikare Specialist Hospital Morgue and took another six injured for urgent medical attention at the emergency ward of the same hospital. While the rescue team of the Nigeria Police deposited 3 dead and 4 injured at Iwaro General Hospital.
According to him, the entire rescue operations was carried out by a combine efforts of the FRSC, Nigera Police, Nigerian army and the Department of Stste Services.
He however expressed satisfaction with the growing synergy and collaboration of security agencies in the evacuation of the victims and ensuring adequate deployment of men to control traffic around the crash scene.