Cross River: Guests attending funeral killed in road crash

Cross River: Guests attending funeral killed in road crash

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Cross River has confirmed that five persons died and 24 others were injured in an auto crash in the Ogoja Local Government Area of the state.

The sector commander, Abdullahi Hassan, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview on Saturday in Calabar.

Mr Hassan said the crash occurred around 12:41 p.m. on Saturday in the Abakpa community in the local government area.

He said the crash involved a Mercedes Benz Tipper conveying 31 passengers to a burial ceremony.

According to the sector commander, the driver lost control of the vehicle when it had a burst tyre.

“Among the victims were 29 male adults, one female adult and one female child.

“Out of the 31 passengers, 24 male adults got injured, two passengers were not injured, that is one female adult and one female child, while five male adults lost their lives in the crash.

“Three corpses were taken to the mortuary while those injured were taken to the General Hospital Ogoja by FRSC officials.

“The other two corpses were retrieved by their relatives at the scene of the accident,” he said.

Federal Road Safety Corps is the Government Agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria. Founded in 1988, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operates in all Nigerian states as well as the Federal Capital Territory and is the leading agency in Nigeria on road safety administration and management.

The statutory functions include making the highways safe for motorists and other road users as well as checking road worthiness of vehicles, recommending works and infrastructures to eliminate or minimize accidents on the highways, and educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of road discipline on the highways.


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