The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has deployed Safety Engineers to Akungba to ascertain the causes and recommend solutions to incessant trailer crashes that have bedevilled that particular route of the highway.
The deployment was second to an Ambulance rescue point earlier established close to the notorious spot for prompt rescue operations.
The Corps Marshal said this was part of the renewed vigour and rejigged operational strategies the FRSC embedded into tactical eradication of road traffic crashes in the country.
Speaking through the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, Boboye further explained that the deployment of the personnel came as part of strategic proactive step by the Corps Marshal to mitigate incidences of crashes on the highways.
The Corps Marshal expressed the readiness of the Corps to bring road traffic crashes to an end in Nigeria regretting that the fatalities recorded in recent times on Nigerian roads.
He also promised that the Corps will double its efforts to eradicate crashes, particularly those by articulated vehicles.
Recall the fatal multiple crash that killed several passengers with others sustaining various degrees of injuries on Saturday, January 23, 2021, along Ikare-Owo road by Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba.
The Corps Marshal explained that the crash which was caused by break failure leading to loss of control, involved a Dangote truck, a Suzuki mini bus (XB973KAA) and a Lexus saloon car (KWL 522 AY) conveying a total of 18 passengers comprising of 11 female adults and 7 male adults.
Out of the aforementioned number of persons on board the three vehicles, a total of nine persons; five female adults and four male adults were killed while nine other persons; five female adults and four male adults, sustained various degrees of injuries.
The FRSC rescue team deposited the remains of six of the passengers who got killed at Ikare Specialist Hospital Morgue and took six injured for urgent medical attention at the emergency ward of the same hospital.
FRSC Chief while stating that the entire rescue operations was carried out by a combine efforts of the FRSC, NPF, the Army and the DSS said said the rescue team of the Nigeria Police Force deposited three dead and four injured at Iwaro General Hospital.
He, therefore, said he is optimistic that the deployment of the professional and certified safety engineers will unravel the general factors responsible for road crashes on that route for necessary actions.