Shaibu rescues accident victims at Ovia River bridge

Mr. Philip Shaibu, Edo State Deputy Governor, Monday, led a state delegation, including the Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, Osaze Ethan Uzamere, on an inspection of Ovia River Bridge to assess the level of damage caused by an auto crash at the spot.

The bad spot on the river bridge has claimed so many lives, especially since the rains set in this year.

On arrival at the River Bridge in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, it was discovered that another accident just occurred involving a truck, a Sienna and Lexus car with a lady (name withheld) trapped in the Lexus car at the middle of the bridge.

Shaibu arrives the accident scene at Ovia River Bridge

Shaibu, was visibly heartbroken, hearing the cry of the helpless lady trapped in the rackage of the Sienna car.

On arrival at the scene, the Deputy Governor quickly swung into action by mobilizing the locals and passersbys and actively involved in the rescue operations.

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After much efforts, the lady was brought out alive and rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, driver of the car and another female passenger came out of the crash unhurt.

Pays divers to save lives of fresh victims

As for the Sienna car that plunged into the same river with its occupants, the Deputy Governor swiftly negotiated with some local divers, who made a demand of N1.5million and without hesitation, Shaibu immediately transferred the amount to leader of the divers who provided his account details.

Shaibu at UBTH to see victims of last week’s accident at same Ovia River Bridge

Some of the vehicles involved in the multiple accident were immediately towed from the road to allow for free flow of traffic.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the truck driver lost control due to over-speeding and hit a commercial Sienna car from the rear, while the Lexus 350 car went off-balance and obstructed another car in front.

The Deputy Governor, however, stated that the State Government will immediately carry out palliative measures as it has engaged Levante Construction Company.

He cautioned commuters to always ensure their vehicles are in good condition, particularly the break system before driving on the road.

Shaibu turned off at the UBTH to see victims of last week’s accident at same Ovia River Bridge, giving them words of succor.

He was received on arrival by the CMD, Dr. Darlington Obaseki.

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