Driver escapes accident on Rivers flyover

| February 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt

An unidentified driver escaped death by a whisker on Friday when his Toyota Sienna car went up in flames on the Obiri-Ikwerre Flyover in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The fire was said to have begun from the bonnet of the vehicle and engulfed the chassis of the car in five minutes.

It was gathered that help did not come early enough for the driver, who was alone in the car, as he watched his vehicle go up in flames without being able to save the situation.

The incident reportedly happened in the night where water could not be found, as the vehicle was burnt beyond repair.

A commercial motorcyclist on the NTA Road, who identified himself as Udoh, told Southern City News on Sunday that the driver could have been burnt if he had stayed more than 10 seconds in the car.

Udoh explained that though nobody knew what went wrong with the car, the fire, which started from the bonnet, spread quickly and destroyed everything.

He said, “We saw flames from afar and decided to see what was happening. When we got here, we saw the driver with his two hands on his head while the fire spread all over the body of the vehicle.

“It happened on a flyover and that was one of the reasons why help could not come immediately. The driver was lucky to have been alive because the accident happened within a few seconds.

“We were told the driver noticed smoke coming out from the bonnet and decided to park by the side of the bridge before rushing out to open the bonnet. He had not even opened the bonnet when the car burst into flames.”

A resident of the area, who did not disclose his name, called on the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area to remove the wreckage from the flyover to avert another accident.

“If what is remaining of the car is not removed, it can cause an accident on this flyover. The Obio/Akpor officials should be informed about the accident so that they can remove the burnt vehicle,” the resident stressed.

The wreckage was still on the flyover as of 4pm on Saturday when our correspondent visited the scene of the incident.

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