Two siblings and a motorcyclist were crushed to death on the two-lane Ikot Abasi highway near Government Technical College in Abak, Akwa Ibom State.
It was reported that the siblings were returning home from the market on the same motorcycle when they were crushed by a Mack truck.
An eyewitness, Mfoniso Okon, reported that one of the sisters, Catherine Abang, was a student of the Peace Institute of Management and Technology (Peace Poly) in Mbarakom, Abak, and was having her matriculation ceremony at the weekend.
He said, “Catherine Abang hailed from Ogoja, Cross River State, and matriculated on Saturday, May 8, 2021, alongside her biological sister who traveled from Cross River State to attend her matriculation ceremony at Peace Polytechnic in Abak.
“While returning to school from the market on a motorcycle after buying groceries, they were all hit by a Mack tanker and died on the spot.”
Reacting to the incident, the Dean of Student Affairs of the Peace Institute of Management and Technology (Peace Poly), Comrade Samuel Essien, said the institution was immensely saddened and heartbroken to hear that Catherine Abang and her sister were involved in such a tragedy barely 48 hours after promising to make Peace Polytechnic proud.
However, the Sector Commander of Akwa Ibom, Federal Road Safety Corp, Olufemi Olonisaye, who confirmed the incident, said the accident occurred on Monday, 21/05/10, at about 6:45pm.
“we lost three persons on a motorcycle in the crash. They all died on the spot. The motorcycle was trying to overtake a truck, unfortunately, the motorcycle was crushed by another oncoming truck.
“The crash involved four people, 3 on a bike, plus the rider and the 4th person was the driver of the truck,” he said.