Tragedy stru ck Saturday in Abia State as a seven-month pregnant woman, her husband and a family friend who assisted the couple with free ride died in an auto crash.
Another 15 others also died in a motor accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
An eyewitness said that the Abia accident occurred near the Ubakala Junction of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway when the Honda Pilot SUV car the victims were travelling in collided with an on-coming tipper lorry.
The couple allegedly went to Aba to shop in anticipation of their new baby when the friend who was coming to Umuahia from his base in Port Harcourt, Rivers State met them and offered them a free ride.
The driver of the car, who was said to have got a job in Port Harcourt about six months ago, was returning to visit his parents in Umuahia when the disaster occurred.
When the newsmen visited the driver’s house at World Bank Estate, Umuahia, the devastated parents and siblings were seen weeping.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State was said to have aided the rescue of the victims when his convoy arrived at the scene of the accident on his way to Aba.
The bodies of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, while the police have taken into custody the driver of the tipper lorry.
The Police Public Relations Officer of Abia State Command, Ogbonna Nta, who confirmed the accident, said that “time has come for drivers using the expressway to be cautious due to the ongoing rehabilitation work.”
In the Ogun incident, 15 occupants of an 18-seater bus with registration number, Lagos AGL 373 XR yesterday lost their lives when a tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as Petrol collided with the bus.
The accident which occurred at the Fidiwo/Ajebo axis of the road in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State left all the passengers dead on the spot.