A multiple car crash caused by brake failure on the part of a Tipper driver, who was going to offload gravel stone at a building site in Nyanya area of Nasarawa state, left no fewer than 10 persons dead and several others injured at the Nyanya axis of the Abuja–Keffi expressway.
The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps , Mr. Bisi Kazeem , said 19 vehicles and a motorcycle were involved in the accident, including a truck belonging to a soft drink company and two others belonging to a construction company.
Daily Post reports that an eyewitness and resident of Karu community, Mr Terhumba Yaji, said the multiple car crash was due to brake failure and also attributed the accident to indiscretion of a water-seller who was among the injured.
“One man, who sells water in jerry cans (Mairuwa), was heading towards Nyanya from Karu with his hand-pushed truck via a pedestrian path.
“When he got to where the accident occurred, he left the pedestrian path and mounted the vehicle route. Unknown to him, a motorcyclist was coming from behind along the same lane. The motorcyclist tried to dodge him and entered into the front of the Tipper loaded with gravel stones.
“The brakes of the Tipper driver couldn’t hold so he hit the motorcyclist and the man hawking water in jerry cans. Even after hitting them, the tipper driver couldn’t stop giving the impression that his brakes had failed.
“It was in the process of trying to stop the tipper that other vehicles got involved in the accident. However, it was apparent that some motorists, who got caught-up in the crash, didn’t know what to do when it was clear that the Tipper driver’s brakes had failed,” he said.
However the News Agency of Nigeria reported that trouble, started when the motorcycle rider hit one of the cars, which was being driven by a woman.
“The woman came out of her car and held the motorcycle rider, that he must fix her vehicle.
“During the argument, a trailer, descending the slope on top speed, lost control and rammed into other vehicles held in traffic at the scene.
“The woman, motorcycle rider and the soldier who was there to make peace, died instantly after they were crushed by the trailer,” a witness who identified himself as Osita, said.
Daily Post reported that the motorcyclist and the water hawker didn’t die, but suffered multiple fractures on their legs. However, the driver of a commercial vehicle with Registration Number Nasarawa KRV 512 ZN and his four passengers which included a soldier died on the spot.
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