A head-on collision involving articulated vehicles that occurred on Wednesday on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway at Amansea near Awka, Anambra, has left one unconscious and three others injured.
An eye witnesses, Christopher Onuorah, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the driver of the articulated vehicle heading toward Onitsha, which had no number plate, was to be blamed for the accident.
Also, Moses Ajilore, a Police Officer escorting the articulated vehicle heading toward Enugu, with number plate AKD 09XR, said his driver was forced out of the single lane section of the expressway by the other driver.
Ajilore said: “As you can see, our vehicle was driven out of the way by this other one that was overtaking on high speed, which made our driver to veer off the road yet we got hit.”
Onuorah in apportioning his blame stated that the driver of the vehicle heading to Onitsha drove without consideration for other road users.
He said: “The driver of the vehicle heading to Onitsha has to be blamed for his reckless driving when he knew that it was a single lane that was in use at this section.
“You can see that his reckless driving forced the other driver out of the road yet his vehicle collided with the other truck.”
IC Chiezie, Federal Road Safety Corps Head of the Team, that evacuated the injured, said the accident could have been avoided.
Chikezie said: “It is a result of over speeding and overtaking on a single lane expressway which could have been avoided had the culprit driven with care.
“For now what is paramount for us is to rush the injured to hospital for treatment before looking into the matter. “
NAN reports that passersby used axes and other objects in dismantling the vehicles for the injured to be evacuated.