A pregnant woman and two other male occupants suspected to be her relatives in an SUV on Saturday evening lost their lives in an auto crash that occurred along the Aba-Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.
The accident which occurred between a 911 truck of Beneph Associates with reg.number Delta State SLK 273 XA and the SUV with reg number Abuja BP 61 KUJ some distance from the popular Ubakala junction near the state capital caused gridlock on the highway.
Items found in the SUV which includes hand gloves, cotton wool, among other delivery and maternity materials, raising the suspicion that the woman could have been in labour and maybe rushing to the hospital for delivery before the incident occurred.
As at the time of filing this report, bodies of the victims have been evacuated from the scene in an ambulance to an undisclosed morgue by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) assisted by Police personnel from the Ubakala Police Station.
The incident which drew attention of other road users and people nearby caused many people to wail profusely on sighting the corpse of the victims.
Sources at the scene blamed the truck driver’s carelessness and impatience to the cause of the accident.
Efforts to speak with both police and FRSC personnel failed, but an official of FRSC while trying to explain to a friend said they were called in after the incident, but however could not rule out over speeding and impatience from either drivers.
A source who claimed to have witnessed the accident said “The diver of the truck ran away immediately the accident happened. If the truck driver had exercise patience, this accident wouldn’t have happened. The small car was coming from Aba to Umuahia, while the truck driver is heading in the opposite direction.”
The identity of the victims were yet to be ascertained as at the time of this report.