A final year student in the Department of Agriculture Economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University,OAU Ile-Ife, Osun State, Chisom Nwankwo has been killed in an auto-crash.
According to the PUNCH, the deceased was on a commercial motorcycle when she and the motorcyclist were hit by a speeding bus along road 1 at the institution’s campus.
Punch gathered that there was an accident on the campus and that the motorcyclist and the driver of the bus got carried away by the scene of the road mishap, a situation that led them to lose control on the wheels.
Chisom, a 500-level student, was said to have been rammed and crushed by the bus, leading to her death.
The victim and the motorcyclist who conveyed her were said to have been rushed to the health centre, after which they were moved to OAU Teaching Hospital, where the student was confirmed dead.
Before the accident that claimed Nwankwo’s life happened, a motorcyclist and another student of the university, Deborah Okunola, had been injured in another accident.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident.
He said, “Around 11 am, along Road 1, an accident involving two Okadas and two vehicles occurred.
“One particular Okada rider was trying to overtake a red-coloured Toyota Corolla car. Unfortunately, the side mirror of the car hit the motorcycle and the rider fell with the passenger.
The passenger is a Part 2 student of Psychology in our school by the name, of Deborah Okunola. As those were trying to attend to themselves, one Chika Nwakore carrying a Part Five female student of the Department of Agric Economics by the name of Chisom Nwankwo arrived at the scene.
“The motorcyclist carrying Nwankwo was distracted by the first accident and he lost concentration. A bus that was coming behind hit the bike. The rider and the passenger fell.
“What we were told was that Nwankwo and the okada man were injured and taken to our health centre where they were referred to the OAU Teaching Hospital Complex but unfortunately, Nwankwo was later declared dead.
“The body is in the Anatomy Section on the campus. The university authority has informed the police and is taking necessary action. The Vice-Chancellor is not happy with the situation and management has frowned at all this carelessness on our roads.
“We sympathise with the parents of the deceased and we pray that God Almighty will give them the fortitude to bear the terrible loss. We are not happy to lose any of our students.”