According to eyes witness, he said a MACK truck laden with chippings and driven by one Kingsley Okwudili from Ebonyi to Orlu in Imo rammed into two vehicles, a bus and a tricycle when its brakes failed.
He said that all three vehicles fell into the nearby river while the contents of the upended truck poured on people nearby.
He said that out of the 10 rescued persons, two were confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital while the driver was taken into custody.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) SP Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri.
“A MACK truck loaded with chippings, driven by one Kingsley Okwudili coming from Ebonyi state to Orlu, on getting to Nkwo Mmiri market, ran into two vehicles by 12:00 noon as a result of brake failure.
“The impact pushed the truck and the other two vehicles into a stream nearby.
“Sequel to that, operatives of the Divisional Police Headquarters in Nwangele moved to the scene and rescued 10 affected persons
“On getting to the hospital two of the victims were confirmed dead while eight others with various degrees of injury were taken in for treatment.
“Meanwhile, the driver has been taken into custody as an investigation has commenced,” the PPRO said.
The river which is believed to have originated from Isiekenesi town passes through several villages in Amaigbo and empties into Oramiriukwa a tributory of Imo river, with its headquarter is in Amaigbo.
The people of Nwangele are predominantly farmers. They also trade in various farm products such as cassava, fufu, garri, palm oil, palm kernel, and are skilled in local crafts such as brooms, baskets.