SUNNY DAVID, ONITSHA
Worst tragedy hits Onitsha as 20 feet container truck landed on people, mostly keke drivers and petty traders at the Odoukwu junction of the Onitsha -Owerri road in Anambra state, as many feared dead.
It was gathered that the truck fell on passengers in a tricycle and a bus, causing a major traffic gridlock on the road.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Emma, said that two persons died as a result of the accident, with many others rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The accident attracted a combined team of police, army, road safety and other security and emergency operatives, as well as civilians and youths for rescue operations.
They battled to save those who were trapped under the container truck, as effort to use a towing vehicle to remove the container failed due to the load, the rescuers resorting to offloading the goods inside the container.
Many commuters and other road users remain stranded in traffic at the time of filling this report.
When our correspondent visited the scene, some of the victims were yet to be rescued as the container was heavy for two large towing lorries brought to lift it from the trapped tricycles.
The surviving victims were later rescued through the assistance of policemen from the Okpoko Divisional Police Station, officials of the FRSC and Anambra State Traffic Management Agency (ASTMA) in conjunction with the ambulance workers of the Toronto hospital.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Mr. Haruna Mohammed (SP), said two persons lost their lives while four others had been hospitalised.
He said the area has since been cordoned off while the road had been cleared for free flow of vehicular movement.