Tragedy struck at IMSU Junction along Okigwe Road yesterday evening when a Mack Truck lost control and plowed into four minibusses and several pedestrians, resulting in the deaths of six individuals and injuring many others.

The horrific accident occurred around 5:45 PM, prompting a swift response from the Imo State Police Command. Commissioner of Police, CP Aboki Danjuma, immediately mobilized operatives from Orji Divisional Headquarters and the State Traffic Department to the scene. With the assistance of public-spirited individuals, the police were able to evacuate the victims to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Owerri.

Sadly, upon arrival at FMC, six victims were confirmed dead by the medical practitioner on duty. Efforts to save the lives of the injured are ongoing. The bodies of the deceased have been preserved at the FMC mortuary, while the police are working tirelessly to contact their families.


Preliminary investigations indicate that the driver of the Mack Truck, registered as KWL 857 YE, was heading towards IMSU Junction from Orji when he allegedly lost control and drove onto the wrong side of the road. This resulted in the devastating collision with the minibusses and pedestrians.

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Photographs and sketches of the accident scene have been taken, and the vehicles involved have been cleared to facilitate the flow of traffic. The driver of the Mack Truck fled the scene immediately after the accident, and efforts are underway to apprehend him.

CP Aboki Danjuma expressed his condolences to the families, friends, and relatives of the deceased, praying for the repose of their souls and wishing the injured victims a speedy recovery. The Commissioner emphasized the sorrow felt by the Command over the avoidable tragedy and has tasked the State Traffic Officers with conducting a thorough investigation to bring the responsible party to justice.

He also urged all road users in Imo State to drive responsibly and ensure their vehicles are roadworthy to prevent such accidents in the future.