4 Street Hawkers Killed in Anambra Auto Crash

IT was harvest of deaths in the Anambra State capital Thursday as four persons were feared dead when a trailer rammed into five other vehicles at the popular Nnamdi Azikiwe University junction, while an Okada rider was killed by armed robbers as he was going home.

Those killed when the driver of the trailer lost control, were street hawkers operating at the ever busy spot where heavy construction is going on.

Those injured during the accident were taken to the nearby hospital for treatment by men of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, who also deposited the dead bodies in the mortuary. Other security operatives later joined FRSC in controlling traffic in the area.

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The vehicles involved in the accident at the ever busy junction where massive road rehabilitation is currently taking place were a trailer with registration number XD 230 MKD, a Toyota Camry with registration number BJ 192 YAB, a Mercedes Benz with registration number LND 778 XA and a bus XH 146 JJN and Peace Mass Transit with registration number XW 556 ENU.

The owner of the ash- coloured Toyota Camry, Pastor Fabian Epechukwu said he was traveling to Warri in Delta state with some of his course mates at Nnamdi Azikiwe University when the incident took place.

The suspected armed robbers had shot the Okada and when he fell, they took his mobile telephone from his pocket and took his motorcycle. An eye witness said that the victim managed to get up and started running, but fell down after 100 meters and was later confirmed dead.

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