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15 escape death as truck hit power cable in Aba


No fewer than 15 persons, on Monday, escaped death at Opobo junction, Ogbor Hill, Aba, Abia state when a truck rammed into an overhead power line and crashed 3 poles which injured two tricycle riders and their passengers.

The heavy duty truck with Registration number, Anambra, KD 869 GDD, was headed to Akwa Ibom state when it hit the overhead power line which led to heavy explosion and fire at the overhead cable crisscrossing the area. In the confusion, two tricycles were damaged while a driver, some passengers and passersby were severely injured by the crashed electric poles.

The situation caused panic in the area as shop owners and motorists, some of who abandoned their vehicles, scampered to safety while others tried to rescue the injured persons.

When The Nation visited the area, there was heavy traffic jam while people clustered in groups discussing the situation, even as some of the power cables lay on the road and top of the truck.

A shop owner in the area who gave her name as Amara, said, “I was inside my shop when I heard a loud explosion. The truck while passing through the junction hit the overhead electric cable, there was fire and the poles were falling and people were running away. The electric pole hit this tricycle and injured the driver and passengers, Opobo junction is a very busy place. As at the time this incident happened, there was electric supply, there were not less than 100 people within this area including vehicles, but we thank God that no life was lost.

“On several occasions, I have truck drivers and their conductors using wooden planks to raise the power cables before they pass through this junction. The authorities should act fast to raise the height of the cables to save lives and property.”

Contacted on telephone, spokesman of the Abia State Police Command, Mr. Ogbonnaya Nta, who confirmed the incident, said the matter is being handled by the Ogbor Hill Police Division while the injured have been taken to the hospital.

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