Awka ----------------- A tricycle operator has been confirmed dead in an accident involving a water tanker and a tricycle at Nkpor, along Onitsha- Awka Old road, Anambra, on Monday night.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Anambra State, Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the development in Awka on Tuesday, adding that the accident was caused by speeding and wrongful overtaking.
Kumapayi further said that a total of five persons – four male adults and one female adult, were involved in the accident, with one of them dying in the crash.
“The crash involved a yellow 911 Mercedes Benz water tanker with registration number XB 698 GDD and a yellow tricycle without a registration number.
“According to eyewitnesses, the tanker driver was on excessive speed, leading to loss of control, and rammed into the tricycle.
“The tricycle operator died while the passengers sustained some degree of injuries.
“The victims were taken to Boromi Hospital Onitsha by FRSC rescue team from Nteje Unit Command and the corpse of the dead was deposited at the mogue in the same hospital,” he added, stressing that the driver of the tanker had been handed over to the police for further investigations.
He also, condoled with the family of the deceased and warned motorists against exceeding speed limits.