TRAGEDY: A Couple and Three 0thers in a Gory Car Crash

A couple and three others have died in a ghastly auto crash
in Ebonyi State. Two others sustained minor injuries in the
crash which occurred at Berger Junction along the
Ishiagu–Afikpo Road in the state.
Mr Victor Idam and his wife died instantly after their
Nissan Primera car with registration number UML 250 AA
collided head-on with a yellow-coloured Mack Trailer
with registration No. APP 215 XP.
According to a source who spoke to newsmen on condition
of anonymity, the crash was caused by over-speeding. He
therefore advised road users to desist from over-speeding
on the smooth-surfaced Ishiagu/Afikpo road.
An eyewitness however attributed the crash to the
carelessness of the driver of the trailer. The source said
that the accident occurred when the conductor of the
trailer was trying to take over from his driver while the
vehicle was still in motion.
“The accident was very terrible. In fact, those who came
to rescue the victims had to force the doors open before
the victims were brought out. I learnt that the conductor
was trying to take over from the driver while on steering.
Before their death, the couple were resident in Umuahia.
The wife worked with the Education Board in Abia, while
the husband who is graduate of Ebonyi State University,
EBSU, Abakaliki worked with a media outfit located in Port
Harcourt. He was a presenter with Deeper Life Satellite
Television,” the source explained.
Speaking on the accident, State Coordinator, Special
Marshal RF 9.2 Nigeria, Dr. Henry Urochukwu advised the
government to make the teaching and learning of safety
education mandatory in primary and secondary schools.
“If we start on time to talk about safe driving from our
primary and secondary schools, it will help the situation.
That accident that happened at Ishiagu was very pathetic;
learning how to drive is not just it, you need to know
about the maintenance of the vehicle among other
“In this case, we must look at both human and
environmental factors before we can accurately discuss
the reasons behind that accident. If a driver is not
conversant with the road, accident may occur. Note that
the road may be well tarred but accident may occur due
to poor lighting of the road at night. If a driver does over
100 kilometres per hour, it is over speeding. The
psychological disposition of a driver matters a lot during
driving,” he said.
“We need to look at the medical history of the driver to
ascertain whether he had had a heart attack. What is his
psychological disposition to driving? Is he an epileptic
patient? Is the driver tired after driving for about 17
hours? Is the person prone to risk taking? Does he have a
pulse for over-speeding; does he have a defective
judgement while driving; does he spend time quarreling
with another road user instead of focusing on his lane?
Does he have a poor perception of his or her
environment? It is a very complex issue but these are the
factors we need to put into consideration,” Dr Urochukwu
The bodies of the deceased had since been deposited at a
mortuary in Uturu, Abia State while the injured victims
are currently receiving treatment.



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