By Agbo Sunday, Abakaliki
Prof. Robert Nneli, the Dean, School of Basic Medical Sciences at the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ebonyi, and five others, died in a multiple motor accident yesterday night.
Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi, Mrs Stella Uchendu confirmed the accident noting that both accidents occurred at 9 and 11 pm respectively at the 135 junction of the Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway.
“In the first accident, the truck driver beamed his harsh headlight on the view of the white-coloured Toyota Camry vehicle which made it lose control as the driver was on speed and it was raining at that time.
He noted that the vehicle then veered off its lane and had a head –on collision with the on coming articulated vehicle and was crushed by it killing the professor while his son and another occupant sustained serious injuries.
“The second accident involved a Jeep with five occupants which also crashed at the truck as the driver was apparently speeding under poor visibility.
She noted that five occupants of the Jeep died and their corpses evacuated to the Federal Teaching hospital Abakaliki.
“I commended my officers for their prompt response to the crashes as I urged motorists to always ensure that when they are confronted with harsh headlights from oncoming vehicles, they should lower their speeds and drive carefully to their right sides.
A villager who witnessed the accident blamed the drivers of the Camry and the Jeep for driving recklessly under the rain and urged the FRSC to increase its enlightenment on motorists especially on night journeys and driving under the rain.
The Ebonyi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Jude Madu said that his officers stayed on the road till day break to enforce law and order.
“My officers signaled to approaching cars to divert to the other lane of the road but most drivers including that of the Jeep, failed to heed to the signals.