Enugu - Two articulated
vehicles carrying coca-cola products and Hero brand of beer on Monday killed
three people in different locations of Nsukka town.
A resident, who pleaded anonymity told the News Agency
Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Monday that the first one happened at Ugwuoye near
old NEPA when the articulated vehicle loaded with Hero beer had a break failure
and some of it content hit a motorcyclist and his female passenger.
“I was at opposite old NEPA to buy something when I saw the
driver trying to control vehicle and shouting my brake, my brake and crates of
beer falling from the vehicles
“The motorcyclist died on the spot, as a result of lots of
crates of beer that hit him but the female passenger was rushed to a nearby
hospital where she later died,” he told NAN.
According to him in less than one hour after the incident at
Ugwuoye, another articulated vehicle crushed another person, Mr Chidi Ogbu, in
front of Nitel Building.
He told NAN that Ogbu sells phones and phone accessories at
Nsukka main market.
“Today is a black Monday in Nsukka, unfortunately the
trailer in that accident opposite Nitel was set ablaze by angry mob,” he said.
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Speaking, the chairman of GSM Nsukka main market, Mr
Innocent Ekwunife, said he was yet to recover from the shock of the death of
“We have decided to close all GSM shops in Nsukka main
market today as a mark of respect for one of us who lost his life in an
“We want government to investigate what caused the accident
that killed our colleague so as to avoid a repeat in future,” he said.
Reacting to the incident, Prof. Rose Onah, Chairman Nsukka
Local Government Area, described the two accidents as unfortunate and urged
road users to exercise more patience because of on-going road construction in
“Some of the causes of accidents are impatience and not
giving proper attention to vehicles which will cause problem on the way,” she
Onah, however, frowned at the action of some residents in
hurling stones and pebbles on fire service people who came to put off fire on
the trailer set ablaze by angry mob.
“I heard that the fire servicemen initial attempt to put-
off fire on the trailer was scuttled by some residents that attacked them which
made them to go back.
“We should learn how to prevent further damages when
accident happen by cooperating with security agents, fire service people and
“I expressed my sympathy to families that lost their beloved
ones and urged God to grant them the fortitude to bear the untimely loss,” she
When contacted the Commander of Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC), Nsukka Unit Command, Mr Bello Mohammed, confirmed the two
accidents and urged drivers to be careful so as to avoid accidents.
“Drivers in Nsukka town and environs should be more careful
and take adequate precautionary measure knowing very well that road
constructions are going on in the town.
“The two accidents and deaths as result of it could have
been averted if those involved have exercised patience and taken precautionary
measures,” he said.