Two minors died, and five others were injured in a road crash that happened on Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Expressway.
Our correspondent gathered that the road crash happened around Ibiakpan junction in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area at 8:30 am on Monday.
The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Mr Matthew Olonisaye, who confirmed the accident in a statement in Uyo, described what had happened as unfortunate, especially as it occurred at the beginning of the new year.
According to him, the accident was due to wrongful overtaking involving a truck and a motorcycle; he cautioned road users to always obey traffic regulations.
He said: “Drivers should stop abusing the usage of the road by obeying traffic rules and regulations. It’s unfortunate that this happened at the beginning of the new year. We commiserate with the families of the dead children.
“Motorcycle riders should be reminded that motorcycles under50cc are not allowed to ply the highway and should not overtake by the right-hand side of the vehicle. Drivers should not forget those motorcycle riders are human beings and should not be harassed on the highway.”
He added that seven people in all were involved in the accident including one male and female adult, three male and two female children, adding that one male and female children lost their lives in the carnage.
He said the corpses of the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary unit of the Ikot Ekpene general hospital while those injured are receiving medical treatment at the same facility.