. . . Ibida, Onyeagba React
By Ikeugonna Eleke
At least two persons reportedly died instantly last Monday when a trailer driver lost control and rammed his vehicle into a block of shops by the roadside in Abagana Community, Njikoka LGA of Anambra State.
The incident which happened opposite the National Open University, also left several persons wounded, while the shops were reduced to rubble.
The unidentified trailer driver was said to have been carrying his wife and two children in the front of the vehicle when the incident happened, but all of them were lucky to have survived.
Already men of the Anambra Traffic Management Agency, ATMA, were on the scene, clearing the debris and towing the vehicle involved away.
Fides gathered that the driver of the truck has already been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force, just as some eyewitnesses suspected that the driver could have been driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Reacting to the tragedy, the member representing Njikoka Two Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Hon Pete Ibida, who had already mobilized hands to clear the rubble, described it as unfortunate and admonished motorists to be considerate to other road users and understand that the art of driving demanded immense caution and concentration.
An eye witness and shop owner whose three shops were ruined in the disaster, said that on ramming into the shops, the trailer driver's wife, who along with their two kids, was on the passenger's seat, berated her husband for refusing to heed her constant complaints about his reckless driving and high speed.
A sympathizer, Mr. Elijah Onyeagba, a Federal House aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, attributed the incident to the proximity of the shops to the expressway and advocated for proactive measures that would eliminate roadside trading, especially on busy roads.