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Pregnant woman dies in Abia auto crash



Pregnant woman dies in Abia auto crash

A yet-to-be identified pregnant woman returning from the market in a tricycle lost her life yesterday afternoon in an auto accident in Aba, Abia State.


The accident occurred by an abattoir along the popular Ahia- Udele Market near the accidentprone Aba Water-Side Bridge. The accident, witnesses said, occurred when some touts, who usually collect money from motorists, insisted on collecting money from a driver by struggling with him while on the wheel.


A butcher at the abattoir said three other passengers inside the tricycle were injured and were taken to New Era Hospital on Azikiwe Road. The butcher, who pleaded anonymity, said the tricycle driver parked beside the road to give a passenger “change” when the incident occurred.


He said: “Touts are not supposed to be allowed on the roads in Abia State. Government should remove them from the roads. It is touts that caused this accident.


“They were struggling to take control of the steering wheel of the van from the driver who was moving when they stopped him. “When the van driver disagreed with the touts on the money demanded from him, they began to drag the steering wheel with him.


“The van driver attempted to run away from the touts to stop them from taking over his van, but eventually the van veered off the road and crushed into the tricycle. “A pregnant woman who was in the tri- cycle died on the spot. The driver’s legs were crushed. No one knows if he would live. “Two other passengers and the driver have been taken to a nearby hospital. No one told me. I saw it with my eyes.


“The pregnant woman was coming back from the market with food items she bought for preparing food for her family. But on getting here, she met her end. “You can see her bag and things she bought in the tricycle. This is very painful. Touts should leave people alone.”


Another witness, Emeka Ogbonna, said if the touts had not struggled with the driver, the accident would not have occurred. He said that Aba people became enraged with the three touts and pursued them, caught one of them and beat him thoroughly.


Ogbonna called on government to remove the touts from Abia roads. Meanwhile, when our correspondent got to the scene of the accident, one of the touts who allegedly caused the accident was lying unconscious in a pool of blood. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was unaware of the accident

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