19 February 2013

Nigeria: Woman Dies in Auto Accident in Lugbe, Abuja

A middle aged woman died and seven others sustained injuries in an auto accident on the Airport Road, Lugbe, Abuja, on Tuesday morning.

Two vehicles - a Toyota Camry with Reg. No. AB 468 AH and a Volkswagen Gulf with Reg. No. HJ 634 ABC, were involved in the accident.

A witness, Simon Adelabu, said that the woman was trying to cross the road when the Toyata Camry car allegedly hit her and "she died on the spot".

According to Mr. Adelabu, in the attempt to escape the driver allegedly hit a Gulf car.

He said the driver of the Gulf car was soliciting for passengers on the opposite side of the road, and that those who sustained injuries had been taken by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to the Wuse General Hospital.

Ibrahim Bello, an Assistant Corps Commander of the FRSC, who confirmed the incident, said that four men and three women were injured in the accident, which he attributed to over speeding.

"Because he was speeding in an area where vehicles are expected to slow down, he lost control," the corps official said.

A Divisional Traffic Officer at the Lugbe Police Station, Apav Gambo, who witnessed the accident also said the woman was killed while trying to cross the road.

Mr. Gambo said the family of the woman had been contacted and that they were on their way to identify the body.

One of the children of the deceased said that his mother left the house in the morning on her way to Gwagwalada "only for us to be informed some hours later that she had been killed while trying to cross the road". NAN

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