File photo: Accident scene
Punch Metro reports that a final year Higher National Diploma student at the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Monday Odogbor, has reportedly died in an auto crash.
It was learnt that two other students also sustained serious injuries in the crash which occurred around 9pm on Thursday along the road leading to the institution.
Eyewitness accounts within the polytechnic community said the deceased with his friends was in a Toyota Camry car before the vehicle rammed into a palm tree.
“They wanted to overtake another vehicle when their car lost control and veered off the road. It ran into a palm tree in front of African House. One of them identified as Monday (Odogbor) died on the spot,” one of the sources said.
Another source claimed that the deceased Accountancy student, billed to commence final year first semester examination next week, was returning home from a party with friends when the accident happened.
A management staff member of the institution, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident, adding that the institution would make an official statement through the office of the Students’ Affair.
The statement had yet to be released as of press time.
Meanwhile, an oil worker was on Friday killed in a multiple crash involving a cement-laden truck, an oil company truck and about five other vehicles on Ovia River Bridge along Benin-Ore Expressway.
Eyewitness accounts said the incident, which occurred around 8am, was caused by a truck driver conveying cement, which lost control while descending the bridge.
A Federal Road Safety Corps official who spoke with City Round, said, “The incident happened around 7.45am and it was caused by a trailer conveying cement. The motor boy of the oil company truck died instantly and we have taken him to a mortuary.”
The source also confirmed that an accident had happened three days ago at the same spot. A motorist, Mr Peter Robert, urged government to quickly do something about cases of accidents on the bridge.
“The bridge is in a bad shape and calling for attention. Under the bridge, there are many cars that had fallen into the water,” he said.