Tragic Accident at IMSU Junction Claims Six Lives and Injures Many

In a devastating incident at IMSU Junction along Okigwe road in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, six individuals have tragically lost their lives, with several others sustaining injuries in a severe motor accident involving a Mack Truck and four minibusses.

The police spokesperson in Imo, Henry Okoye, confirmed the occurrence in a statement released to NewsNow. Initial investigations suggest that the driver of the Mack Truck, bearing the registration number: KWL 857 YE, was traveling towards IMSU Junction from Orji along Okigwe road. Allegedly, the driver lost control of the vehicle, veered off course, and proceeded to run over four shuttle minibusses and several pedestrians along the route, resulting in multiple severe injuries.

Upon receiving information from a concerned citizen on 18/05/2024 about the fatal accident at IMSU Junction, the Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, promptly deployed operatives from Orji Divisional Headquarters and the State Traffic department to the site.

Upon arrival, the police, along with helpful individuals from the public, assisted in transporting the victims to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Owerri for medical care. Regrettably, six individuals were pronounced dead upon arrival by the attending medical staff, prompting immediate efforts to save the lives of the injured parties.

The accident scene was documented through photographs and sketches, and the vehicles involved were cleared from the road to facilitate the flow of traffic. The deceased victims were transferred to the FMC mortuary for preservation.

Efforts are underway to notify the families of the deceased and injured persons, as well as to apprehend the driver of the truck who fled the scene following the accident.

The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, expressed his condolences to the families, friends, and associates of the deceased individuals. He prayed for the departed souls and wished a speedy recovery for the injured victims, expressing the Command’s sorrow over the preventable tragedy.

The Commissioner instructed the State Traffic Officers to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and locate the driver of the Mack truck who is currently on the run.

He urged road users in the state to drive responsibly and ensure the roadworthiness of their vehicles to prevent such accidents in the future.

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