By Osahon Osahon
Five persons, including a 73-year-old woman, have lost their lives in a fatal road crash that occurred on Thursday, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Three of the victims were female while two were male.
An official of the Bayelsa Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Soroh Tonye, who confirmed the number of causalities to our correspondent, said that four persons died at the spot, while another victim died on the way to the hospital.
He blamed overspending in the rais for the probable cause of the crash.
The State Police Command identified three of the victims as Okon Daniel, Oweinkuro Profit and Mrs. Domoye Ikpaipai.
One of the victims was said to be a staff of a popular hangout in the State capital, Axters and a student of the State-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma.
The sad incident which occurred at about 4.40 pm along the Tombia-Amassoma Road area of the town, caused heavy traffic gridlock along the road leading to the state-owned Niger Delta University, NDU, and the Bayelsa International Airport.
Spokesman of the the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the development, said the fatal crash involved a Toyota Venza with registration number KMK 617 BY and two Tricycles marked NSK 073 QH and LND 223 QH.
According to him, “Five corpses were evacuated from the scene and three of them have been identified as, Okon Daniel ‘m’ 47 years, Oweinkuro Profit ‘m’ 52 years and Mrs. Domoye Ikpaipai ‘f’ 73 years.
“The other two corpses are a middle aged male and female,” the statement noted.
Identities of the two other deceased victims still remains unknown as at the time of filing this report.
Other victims of the accident are currently receiving treatment at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the State.
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Butswat disclosed that Police in the State have launched a manhunt for one Buthurst Augusta Nyoun, a female, who reportedly drove the Toyota Venza suspected to have caused the crash.
He said the suspect who fled the scene of the crash is wanted for possible culpable homicide.
“The sketch marks of the scene of the accident have been taken and investigation is ongoing,” he said.