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4 killed as trailer rams into vehicles, tricycle in Abia


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Four civilians have been reportedly killed on Tuesday at Ogbor Hill axis of Aba, Abia State when a trailer conveying 40ft container rammed into a commercial bus and a tricycle before falling on a Sport Utility Vehicle.

This medium gathered that the tragic accident occurred when the trailer was descending the Ogbor Hill from the Opobo Junction axis lost control.

The driver unable to control the articulated vehicle, was said to have dashed into the commercial bus and the tricycle before falling on the SUV.

Meanwhile, Mr Ikenna Nzekwe, an eyewitness said that he is still surprised that both the Abia State government and the Federal Government have not thought it wise to construct a flyover across the bridge to decongest traffic from Uyo, Ikot-Ekepe into the commercial city of Aba.

“I’m not blaming anybody but since you’re a journalist, please take this message to the authorities. We need a final solution to the reoccurring accident on this bridge.

“This thing happened two years ago, it happened three years ago, it equally happened before the market was relocated, is it not obvious that this hill is too dangerous for a straight road? How can we continue to allow our people to die like this?

“When will the government understand that these heavy-duty vehicles shouldn’t be on the road in the daytime? When will government agencies learn to remove spoilt vehicles on the road to save lives? These are issues we should be focusing on.”

Mr Anayo Ihueze said, “This is a preventable accident, but see how it went. There’s no single rescue effort. All those rescued were pulled out by concerned Aba residents who came together to save lives.

“I was part of the committed citizens that rescued three parents hear today, one with her legs completely damaged, one seriously injured and the other unhurt. In all these, we only saw the Fire Service who didn’t have much role.

“The soldiers and police seem to be interested in the security maintenance of law and order and securing goods inside the container. The FRSC came with nothing except their Hilux. What kind of a country is this?

However, some other residents were rescuing trapped persons, some hoodlums tried to steal some of the imported fairly used clothes inside the container but were confronted by brave residents who resisted and intercepted them.

Some other residents who tried to weep up sentiments to use violence to set the trailer conveying the container ablaze for killing people were equally confronted and defeated with superior argument that the trailer conveying the container is not the problem and that the current situation is not the first time for such incident.

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