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Couple cheats death as unlatched trailer container falls in Onitsha



IT was an apprehensive moment at Obodo-Ukwu end of Onitsha Owerri Road on Monday, as a container slipped off the main body and landed on a Sienna bus, Keke tricycle and other cars at the busy Zenith Bank area of Obodo-Ukwu Road in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 The accident, which occurred at the peak of morning rush hours, when the environ was bustling with activities in successions of mishap at the commercial city as the articulated vehicle carrying container tipped while trying to navigate through damaged portions of the road.

 According to eyewitness account, the big container trapped a couple right inside their Sienna vehicle and passengers in a Keke tricycle, hitting other vehicles and objects within the reach of its crash while others scampered for safety.

 “It was a miracle for the man and his wife to be pulled out alive, though they were badly injured.  Nigerians showed their caring nature by quickly mobilising rescue operation immediately, using all available resources within their reach to rescue those trapped by the fallen container.”

 Several people were injured in the accident with the couple in worse condition. They were rushed to the nearest hospital.

It will be recalled that the bad condition of the Obodo-Ukwu, Owerri road has led to several accidents in recent past, with citizens in the area crying out for quick intervention of government to its rehabilitation.

 As at the time of filling this report, the Divisional Police Officer in Okpoko Division, could not be reached for comment over the accident.

Meanwhile, citizens have continued to bemoan the deplorable  condition of the road as business activities in the area had been seriously affected.

 Vehicular movement was temporarily locked down as frantic efforts were made to remove the fallen truck and other affected materials in the accident. No death was recorded on the spot.

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