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Many die in Ihiala Police checkpoint auto crashes



A POLICE checkpoint in front of a downtown hotel located along Onitsha-Owerri expressway in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area, Anambra State, has turned into a death zone where people meet their untimely end following regular auto crashes on the spot almost on daily basis.

  Eye witnesses say over four such accidents occurred in the place in just the last week.

  According to them, not long after a heavy duty vehicle lost control and crashed into other vehicles that were held up in a long traffic jam only on Sunday, resulting in death of four people on the spot while many others were injured , another accident occurred in the same police check point taking 13 people to their early graves.

  Yet, before that, residents said another accident in the place involving three vehicles had resulted in death of four persons while 12 others sustained injuries. The report also disclosed that the fatal crash occurred opposite Ihiala Police Station and that only three vehicles were involved.

  At least, three accidents had earlier occurred in the check point with a viral video of one of the auto crashes trending on social media showing a voice saying that over 13 lifeless bodies were deposited in a nearby mortuary after the ,while several other injured persons were rushed to the hospital.

  “A trailer driver sighted the police check point, and in the confusion of averting an accident within the short notice, he applied his brake but could not halt. Because of this, he rammed into two buses that queued to be checked by the police men in front of him. That’s how all of them died.

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  Confirming the accidents, Sector Commander of Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Adeoye Irelewuyi blamed the accidents on impatient drivers, and vowed that anyone caught putting other motorists lives at risk would be arrested and handed over to police.

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