A yet to be identified passenger of a motorcycle with number plate, Ebonyi UGB 028VN belonging to one Mr. Monday Nwafor, a native of Okposi Umuoghara Community in Ezza South LGA has been confirmed dead when the motorcycle was crushed by Sports Utility Vehicle Jeep at G-Hostel Junction, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
According to a driver who was an eyes witness, Mazi Okwudilichukwu Njoku blamed frequent accident at the busy Junction on double road bumps sited along the Enugu-Abakaliki expressway, which was the scene of the incident with no road sign indicating such, and that had caused many drivers to struggle with their steering when they suddenly approached the bumps and in the cause of trying to control the vehicle many somersaulted or end up colliding with another vehicle killing innocent people.
He emphasized that the junction has become a serious threat and steady point of accident, is that the two bumps were close to each other and a large number of the drivers who ply the highway are not familiar with the route and had no knowledge of the bump since there were no road signs at both sides of the road.
He stressed that the only way to control accidents at the spot would be to paint the bumps so as to save future reoccurrence of similar incidents or place a road sign signifying that there is bump ahead.
Corroborating the story, a motorcyclist, Mr. Emmanuel Okorie told Citizens’ Advocate that controlling the regular accident at the junction would be possible if officials of road traffic would come up with a bold design signpost indicating bumps and should be placed at both sides of the highway so that drivers would know that there are bumps at the junction.
He called the concerned agency to mount boldly designed road signs at both sides of the road or traffic light to control the reoccurrence of an accident at the spot.