- The FRSC boss said the command had continually sensitised and enlightened motorists to safe road use culture, to avert such incidences of road carnage
- Olonisaye said that the accident could have been avoided if the drivers observed certain safety measures and adhered strictly to traffic rules and regulations.
A horrifying car crash on the Calabar-Itu highway on Saturday resulted in the confirmation of five deaths and eleven fatal injuries.
Information indicated that the collision between a Mack truck without a number plate and a Nissan Caravan with registration number GWB532XY happened at approximately 3:30 pm.
Through a statement provided by the command’as public education officer, Mr. Paul James, the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Matthew Olonisaye, confirmed the incident on Sunday and attributed it to speeding, pointing out that it could have been prevented if the drivers had followed safety protocols.
“A fatal crash occurred on Saturday, December 2, 2023, along Itu-Calabar road by Ayadehe at about 1510 hrs. The crash involved a Nissan Caravan with Registration number GWB532XY and a Mark Truck with NO registration number.
“Eleven males and five females were involved, and three out of the five females and two out of the 11 males involved were confirmed dead, while the remaining 11 males and females sustained injuries of various degrees.
“When the report of the incident was received, the FRSC operatives mobilised and moved over to attend to the situation. Upon arrival at the crash scene, the injured were moved to nearby hospitals for prompt medical attention, while the bodies of the deceased were deposited at the morgue.
“When inquiry was made as to the cause of the crash, it was gathered that the causal factor to the crash was Speed related according to eyewitnesses. After the evacuation of the victims, the road was cleared of the wreckage to enable free-flow of traffic,” the statement said.