By Lovina Emole, Uyo
People of Abak community in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have been thrown into mourning following a ghastly accident that claimed four lives.
The fatal accident occurred along Ikot Abasi Two Lane Highway by Government Technical College, Abak.
A Mack truck, with registration number EKY 852XS, it was gathered, crushed two siblings (sisters), a motorcyclist and another truck driver to death along the area.
The siblings, it was further gathered, boarded the same motorcycle from market to their home.
An eyewitness, Mfoniso Okon, disclosed that one of the sisters, Catherine Abang, was a student of Peace Institute of Management and Technology (Peace Poly) in Mbarakom, Abak and just had her matriculation ceremony over the weekend.
Okon said that the second one came on a visit and accompanied her sister to the market.
According to Okon:
“Catherine Abang, was an indigene of Ogoja, Cross River State, who matriculated on Saturday, May 8, 2021 with her biological sister, who came in from Cross River State to witness her matriculation ceremony at Peace Polytechnic, Abak.“While returning to school from the market on a motorcycle after shopping for food items, they were both run over by a Mack tanker truck and they all died at the spot”.
The Dean of Students Affairs, Peace Institute of Management and Technology (Peace Poly), Comrade Samuel Essien, on his own, said the Institution was overwhelmingly sad and heartbroken to hear that Catherine Abang and her sister were involved in such a tragedy barely 48 hours after she pledged to make Peace Polytechnic proud.
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Also, the Akwa Ibom State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Olufemi Olonisaye, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Uyo, said the crash occurred on Monday 10/05/21 at about 18.45 hours.
Olonisaye, who harped on adherence to safety tips urged road users to be cautious while using the road, especially while overtaking.
According to him, “we lost three persons on motorcyle in the crash. They all died on the spot. The motorcycle was trying to overtake a truck, unfortunately the motorcycle was crushed by another oncoming truck.
‘The crash involved four people (3 on bike, including the rider), the 4th person was the driver of the truck.
“We advise road users to always exercise caution while on the road. They should have value for lives as there are no duplicates. Motorcycle operators should stop conveying more than one person and should wear safety helmet, securely fastened.
“There should be tolerance and consideration for others as the road is not a race track”, the sector commander said.