By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Two minors have been confirmed dead while five others have been injured in an auto crash which occurred along Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Express Way, Akwa Ibom State on Monday.
The accident, it was gathered, occurred around Ibiakpan junction in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state.
The Sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Mr Matthew Olonisaye who confirmed the accident in a statement in Uyo, the state capital, said the incident was unfortunate as it happened at the beginning of the new year.
Olonisaye who, who attributed the accident to wrongful overtaking involving a tipper truck and a motorcycle cautioned road users to always obey traffic regulations.
“Drivers should stop abusing the usage of the road by obeying traffic rules and regulations. It’s unfortunate that this happened at the beginning of the new year. We commiserate with the families of the dead children.
“Motorcycle riders should be reminded that motorcycle under50cc are not allowed to ply the highway and should not overtake by the right hand side of the vehicle. Drivers should not forget that motorcycle riders are human beings and should not be harassed on the highway,” Olonisaye cautioned.
He said seven people in all were involved in the accident including two adults and five children, adding that two children (boy and girl) lost their lives in the carnage.
He said the corpses of the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary unit of the the Ikot Ekpene General Hospital while those injured were receiving medical treatment at the same facility.