BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
A middle aged man died instantly, while some others sustained varying degrees of injury, following a multiple automobile crash which occurred Thursday along the ever busy Owerri-Umuahia road.
Our correspondent, who was at the scene of the ugly incident, noticed that although four vehicles were involved in crash, the major culprit sped away after noticing the effect of his carelessness.
While the lone occupant of the Nissan saloon car with registration number SF 609 KJA died instantly, a few passengers in the Bournvita branded Toyota Hiace bus, XC 663 WEN, suffered varying degrees of injury and were rushed to hospital.
The driver of an Imo Transport Company, ITC, whose vehicle, a Mitsubishi L300 bus, XG 109 PHC, was involved in the crash, gave a graphic account of how the accident happened to some officers of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC.
“The driver of the Nissan vehicle was overtaking the Bournvita branded bus as they were descending the hill and heading towards Mbaise. Sadly, the driver of another red coloured Japanese car opted to overtake from the right of the bus”, the ITC driver recounted.
Continuing, the driver said that the Bournvita branded bus, who was helmed in at the time, brushed the Nissan car and it started somersaulting.
“The bus driver equally lost control and crashed into my bus, which I parked neatly and off the road as soon as I saw what was happening in front of me. The driver of the red Japanese car sped away”, the ITC driver said.
None of the FRSC officers at the scene wanted to talk to Vanguard at the scene but they recovered what they thought were the dead man’s priced belongings and later his remains to the mortuary.