On Tuesday night, five people were burned to death in an accident on the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Expressway in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The catastrophe claimed the lives of two reverend sisters.
The driver and a couple in the car were killed in a head-on accident between two vehicles on the expressway’s Nawfia axis.
Our correspondent also learned that the torrential rain on Tuesday night caused two separate collisions along the highway, causing traffic jam in the commercial metropolis of Onitsha and other sections of the state.
Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, said the crash was caused by excessive speeding.
“A Toyota Highlander with the registration number BMR 570 BE and an unregistered Toyota Hiace bus were involved in the deadly collision.”
“According to an eyewitness, the bus driver was driving excessively while transporting the nuns; he lost control of the vehicle, drove into the highlander from behind, and both cars caught fire.”
“Five people were engaged in the collision, two male adults and three female adults, when the automobiles erupted into flames and were entirely burned.”
“The Anambra Fire Service was able to extinguish the fire.”
“The FRSC rescue team from Awka is on the ground handling traffic and removing the obstacle caused by the collision,” Irelewuyi stated.
While expressing condolences to the deceased’ families, Irelewuyi cautioned motorists to avoid excessive speeding and to adhere to recommended speed limits.
The two nuns and their driver rode in the Toyota Hiace bus, while a couple rode in the Toyota Highlander.