Five people lost their lives with 15 others injured in an auto crash at Ugu Onyeama, along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the accident involved multiple vehicles — a crude oil tanker, an SUV, a bus and a truck. Some of the injured were taken to the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital to receive treatment.
A statement by the media office of Governor Peter Mbah said the governor expressed deep grief over the incident and commiserated with the families of those involved.
“I received with a deep sense of loss and grief the report of the auto crash that occurred at Ugwu Onyeama, near Enugu, along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Tuesday morning, resulting in the loss of several lives and leaving many injured,” Governor Mbah was quoted as saying.
“This is unfortunate, horrific, and indeed a black Tuesday for us as a state. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims, and as a state, we pray for the peaceful repose of the dead and quick recovery of the injured.
“As a government, we will do all within our powers to assist the hospitalised.”
The governor also announced that the state government will launch an enquiry to determine the remote and immediate causes of the accident to make the roads safer and less prone to accidents.
Commuters and other persons who aided victims of the crash were also commended by the governor.
“I commend kind-spirited Nigerians and the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps for their quick response, which, no doubt, helped to save lives. I salute their humanity and professionalism,” he said.
Governor Mbah called for prayers for the quick recovery of those injured and the bereaved.