About fifteen persons were on Friday killed in two separate road accidents which involved six children who were playing football in a compound in Arue, Uromi in Esan North-East Local Government Area in Edo State.
One of the accidents involved a Mercedes Benz which rammed into children,while trying to avoid a pothole, and other accident, which claimed nine lives, involved four vehicles in the Agbede axis of the Benin-Auchi Road
The Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Henry Benamaisa said the accident which claimed nine lives happened at about 11a.m. in Agbede, in Etsako West local government area of the state following a brake failure and overspeeding.
“The accident in Agbede was a multiple one. It involved one tanker carrying petroleum product, a truck, and two vehicles. One of the vehicles was a Toyota Sienna. It was caused by brake failure on the part of the tanker and over speeding on the part of the other vehicles.
‘Nine persons died instantly. The dead bodies were eight males and one female. Those injured have been taken to the hospital, while the debris on the road has been evacuated for traffic flow”, he said
The sector commander equally confirmed the accident in Arue-Uromi, which claimed six persons, but sources said the accident reportedly provoked anger as the six casualties involved, four girls and two boys were said to be children of one family.
A resident of Arue-Uromi, Meshach Igbe, who spoke said the accident happened at about noon, affirming that “the children were playing football when an approaching Mercedes Benz car in an attempt to dodge a pothole, swerved and killed them”.
The source added that, the calamity, immediately provoked rage from residents of the area who blocked the road and burnt the Mercedes Benz, but the Sector Commander said the police had mobilised its men to the community to quell the rising tension as a result of the accident.
Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor when contacted kept sealed lip over the ugly incident
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