Polytechnic Lecturer dies in fatal auto crash

Tragedy struck Delta state polytechnic Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state as one of its lecturers was killed in a fatal road crash

It was gathered that the lecturer, Mr Akpituren America until his sudden death, was of the Department of Civil Engineering. He unfortunately hit a stationary vehicle on his way to a friend’s house.

Sources said that Mr. America was also the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) Delta State Chapter, and Ozoro Polytechnic. He was also patron, National Association of Itsekiri Students, and National Association of Aniocha- Oshimili Students (NAAOS) Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro Chapter respectively.

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The two vehicles involved in the accident were America’s vehicle, a Toyota Highlander Jeep belonging to the Polytechnic ASUP with registration number Delta DT 348A06, and a blue colour truck conveying goods to an unknown destination.

Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Boniface Ogaraya who confirmed the incident said: “It is so painful that we lost Mr. Akpituren America to a fatal accident along OgwashiUku/ Asaba Expressway. I am not still clear of the causes of the accident.”

Meanwhile, an 18-seater bus plying Asaba- Benin Expressway in the early hours of Wednesday crashed into a pickup truck after Issele Uku Community due to break failure.

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It was gathered that the driver of the 18-seater bus with registration number AA346 SL was on top speed and when the break failed crashed into the stationary pickup truck.

Fortunately, no life was lost but the occupants of the bus sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Asaba for treatment.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity confirmed that the accident occurred as a result of the driver’s over speeding, adding that no life was lost. They warned that the FRSC would soon embark on Operation Safety on the Asaba-Benin Expressway with a view to ensuring safety of motorists, especially the reckless drivers who lack control while on top speed.

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