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Scores Injured, Shops Razed In Auto Crashes



Ganiyat Ganiyu

No fewer than 13 persons have been injured while 13 shops were razed in a fire explosion involving a diesel laden tanker in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night when the tanker driver reportedly lost control while descending a slope towards Nise/Amawbia Road of the area.

13 other persons have been said to have sustained varying degrees of injury in another road accident at Okija, in the Ihiala LGA of the state on Wednesday.

The accident which occurred on the Ihiala- Onitsha Road involved a white Toyota Hiace and a Toyota Sienna.

The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the two crashes.

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He said no life was lost in both accidents, adding that victims of the accidents were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

He said, “At about 17.20pm on Wednesday night, a diesel laden tanker without a registration number crashed at Agulu town close to Owo filling station while descending towards Nise/Amawbia road.

“Combined team of the FRSC and NPF who were on the ground barricaded the crash scene to divert traffic while the men of the State Fire Service extinguished the inferno.

“On 25th November 2020, 13 people got injured in a serious crash involving a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number SSM 880 ZJ and a Toyota sienna Space bus with registration number GEA 29 AW which occurred at Okija, along Ihiala-Onitsha road.

“They were rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala by the FRSC rescue team from Ihiala Unit Command. Road obstruction was cleared by the combined team of the FRSC and NPF.”

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