No fewer than ten persons reportedly died yesterday at Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, following multiple road crashes that happened at 9.30am, close to the popular Nyanya Tipper Garage, involving truck belonging to a soft drink company and two others belonging to a construction company.
An eyewitness told Saturday Telegraph that the accident might have been caused by a brake failure of the truck heavily loaded with clippings and was descending the Kugbo hill. The eyewitness, who craved anonymity, said the truck lost control and hit several other vehicles.
He said: “It was at that process that the second truck, which was equally loaded with chippings, ran into the soft drink truck, which was as well loaded with crates of drinks and some other vehicles and fell inside Tipper Garage and empty its content.”
Confirming the accident, Nyanya Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Micheal Agu, said the actual number of the casualties could not be ascertained, as rescue operation was still ongoing. He, however, stated that many people who were affected had been rushed to both Nyanya General Hospital and the Asokoro District Hospital. Another eyewitness account has it that “the number of people who died in the accident and those who sustained injuries were not immediately available.
Two soldiers who were controlling traffic after the first accident was said to have died on the spot after the second truck lost control and hit them. “Some injured persons were taken to Nyanya General Hospital and some to Asokoro (General) Hospital. I can’t say now their number. But two soldiers were hit and they died instantly,” the person said. As at the time Saturday Telegraph visited the scene of the accident, there was a free flow of vehicles, FRSC officials, soldiers, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Vehicle Inspector Officers (VIO) took over control of traffic in the area.