Two Die Of Exhaustion At Onitsha Bridge Traffic Gridlock

6 years ago by: Olusola Agbaje
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(m) at 23-10-2013 07:52AM (6 years ago)

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Two persons yesterday died on top of the Niger Bridge, Onitsha in Anambra State following a heavy traffic jam on the bridge.

The victims, a middle-aged man and a little child, allegedly died due to exhaustion arising from the long hours spent in their vehicles while trying to cross the Niger Bridge which passage has for some time now remained a nightmare to both transporters and their passengers.

Sources, however, said that the deceased whose identities were not immediately known was a minor who was coming back with his mother in a commercial bus from Lagos, while the second victim, was a trader who travelled all the way from the North to Onitsha to sell his goods.

It was learnt that while the small child died instantly on her mother’s lap at the Bridge, the business man died minutes after crossing the bridge to Onitsha from the North. It was alleged that the child had cried for a long time due to heat in the vehicle while waiting to cross the bridge before the mother eventually discovered that her child was no longer breathing.

The bewildered mother was said to have become hysterical as she burst into tears running helter-skelter when she discovered that her child whom she thought fell asleep was actually dead. The trader was also said to have boarded the vehicle from the North and travelled smoothly until the Asaba end of the Bridge where they spent several hours under the scorching heat in an attempt to cross the Niger Bridge. An eye witness account said that the victim and other passengers with him in the vehicle had already crossed the bridge and was offloading his goods from the vehicle when he suddenly slumped and died.

The Federal Government had repeatedly promised in the last 10 years to build a second Niger Bridge to ease traffic congestion on the bridge which is the gateway from the Lagos and other South-west states to the South-east and South-South.

merion (f) at 23-10-2013 08:49AM
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 Lips Sealed
Wysetots (m) at 23-10-2013 09:22AM
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Empty promises from Nigeria leaders with empty heads.....empty hearts.
Selfishness is the only virtue they possess.

God save the occupants of Nigeria......'cos I don't know if Nigeria can be saved at this point.
emaakin (m) at 23-10-2013 09:46AM
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Noble12 (m) at 23-10-2013 09:48AM
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dareper (m) at 23-10-2013 09:58AM
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Pepesy (f) at 23-10-2013 10:27AM
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Hope our egotistical  leaders are seeing... RIP 4 the dead
ThoRam (m) at 23-10-2013 10:30AM
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 Undecided Undecided Lips Sealed Lips Sealed    
gmarley (m) at 23-10-2013 11:03AM
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God save 9ja ooo
eoadex2003 (m) at 23-10-2013 11:13AM
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No leader in this contry
Donsagacious (m) at 23-10-2013 11:33AM
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Naija we hail thee... May thier souls rest in peace!

BlueIxora (f) at 23-10-2013 11:34AM
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blackijawboi (m) at 23-10-2013 11:50AM
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laidemacwhite (m) at 23-10-2013 11:56AM
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Something needs to be done urgently on the nature of pollution in the East. A study recently conducted by some environmentalists from OAU for major cities in Nigeria  including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Maduguiri and Aba. Aba showed the highest level of particle pollution. The governors of the eastern Nigeria should do something about this very urgently to save their people from dust and untimely deaths.
jossy4reall (m) at 23-10-2013 12:21PM
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tired of dat country Nigeria

newtoncruz (m) at 23-10-2013 12:21PM
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when tire become tired
paulohking (m) at 23-10-2013 01:22PM
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onyeozo (m) at 23-10-2013 01:33PM
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Quote from: soul2020 on 23-10-2013 10:13AM
Who ever claim to be a Nigerian is as dead as the animal kingdom called Nigeria, zoo is even better than the stupid country called Nigeria, Bokoharam, MASSOB, OPC all want to have their own country to govern themselves the way they want and our selfish leaders are happy being together because of the oil.
Guy I reject what u said
Nigeria is ma country
Senegal (m) at 23-10-2013 03:18PM
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Jennybaby (f) at 23-10-2013 04:07PM
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So Sad! RIP
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