A tipper lorry driver, on Thursday, rammed into and killed two persons at Mbanakwa Okpuno, Nnewichi, in the Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The driver, our correspondent learnt, ran away after the accident.
It was gathered that the tipper lorry was ascending a hill when it suffered a brake failure and rolled backwards and collided with a motorcycle conveying the victims.
An eyewitness said the victims sustained varying degrees of injury and were rushed to a hospital, where they died some hours later.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the accident to our correspondent.
Mohammed said the body of the deceased had been deposited in the morgue of the hospital for post-mortem examination.
He stated, “There was a fatal motor/motorcycle accident around the Ukwukpaka junction, Mbanakwa Okpuno, Nnewichi, in the Nnewi North Local Government Area of the state involving a tipper lorry with number plate, XA 206 KPP, and a motorcycle with number plate QL 500 UWN, ridden by one Clement Odo, 50, who was conveying one Anayo Elinye, 38.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the tipper lorry suffered brake failure while on motion, rolled backward and collided with the said motorcycle.
“As a result, both the rider and the passenger sustained injuries and were rushed by the police patrol team to the Diocesan Hospital, where they were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
“The tipper lorry driver absconded immediately, but efforts are on to apprehend and bring him to justice.”