Tanker, other vehicles plunge into Anambra river

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A petrol tanker and three other vehicles involved in multiple accidents plunged into a river on Wednesday in Anambra State.

The number of casualties from the accident, which occurred on Ideani/Nnobi Road in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang, had visited the scene of the accident.

Mohammed said, “The accident involving a petroleum tanker MACK with reg number  LEH 37 XA, a Mercedez Benz lorry with registration number XM 370 ENU, an L300 bus with registration number  XG 680 FGG and a J5 bus with Reg No NH 148 ARL plunged into River Nnobi along with its occupants as a result of the accident.

“A police patrol team led by Divisional Police Officer, Nnobi Division, visited the scene, rescued the victims and rushed them to Moon and Fatima hospitals Nnobi with the assistance of locals.

The PPRO added that no life was lost in the accident, but a total of nine victims were responding to treatment. One of them was critically injured and had since been admitted at the intensive care unit of the Fatima Hospital.

He added, “The driver of the Mercedes Benz lorry, one James Eze, aged 30 years of  No 6, Eze lane Okpoko  who was alleged  to be the main cause of the accident was arrested.”

He said the case was under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.