Pregnant woman, husband, 16 others die in Abia, Ogun road

Tragedy struFB_IMG_1466435168730 FB_IMG_1466435171463 FB_IMG_1466435173985ck 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.
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