No fewer than four persons lost their lives on Friday night in a road accident involving three vehicles along the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, which has remained a deathtrap for travelers for the past two years.
Wife of the founder of Old Path Revival Commission, Enugu, Rev. Mrs. Maria Itiowe, and her daughter, Glory, were among the victims of the crash. Other victims were identified as Ebere Iroham also of the same church and one Dennis Ogwu, a driver of a Toyota sports utility vehicle, SUV, with registration number LV 544 AAA, one of the vehicles involved in the accident.
Other vehicles were a 911 Mercedes Benz lorry with registration number XL 977 GDD and a Lexus SUV with registration number TF 176 AAA.
Enugu State police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident, said the accident, which occurred at about 6.30 p.m. claimed four lives.
He said that the crash occurred before Nkwo Ezeagu market on the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway within Ezeagu local government area of Enugu State.
The police spokesman said that the two SUV collided with the 911 Mercedes Benz, both of which lost control and somersaulted several times leading to the death of the passengers.
According to him, Mrs. Otiowe and Ebere Iroham died on the spot while another passengers later identified as Glory Itiowe of the same church, was found to be critically injured and was rushed to Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu where she was confirmed dead.
Dennis Ogwu, the driver of the Toyota SUV who was also rushed to Our Saviour Hospital 9th Mile Corner Ngwo for treatment, was later confirmed dead bringing the death toll to four.
Amaraizu said the command had commenced investigations into the incident even as the road had been cleared of the wreckage which disrupted traffic for several hours.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, the PPRO, however, advised motorists plying the road to always drive with caution and obey traffic rules and regulations.