Two feared dead in Cross River road accident

Two people were feared dead on Thursday following an accident along the Calabar-Ugep Highway after a Mercedes Benz 911 truck conveying cattle from the northern part of the country skidded and fell off the road.

A resident of the area, who witnessed the accident, said it occurred around 10am at Ehom Central in Biase local government in Cross River State.

The deceased persons, it was gathered, were two men who were in the truck – the driver and his assistant.

Some people who were in an oncoming vehicle were injured when they ran into the fallen truck it was gathered.

Several cows were also killed in the accident and others injured. They littered the road, causing traffic snarl for hours.

Those injured were rushed to the Ugep General Hospital.

It was suspected that the truck driver who was killed in the accident fell asleep while driving.

Meanwhile, two persons on Tuesday escaped death after a trailer loaded with bags of cement crushed their car, a Toyota Camry, as a result of overtaking from the right side.

The accident, which occurred opposite the Margaret Ekpo International Airport on IBB Way in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, involved a trailer with number plate, Delta XA 890 GWK, and a Toyota Camry (Edo BEN 444 AW).

The trailer was said to be coming from the United Cement Company of Nigeria factory at Mfamosing in Akamkpa Local Government Area, and heading for Eket in Akwa Ibom State, when the incident occurred.

The two occupants of the Toyota Camry were lucky as they did not also sustain injury.

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