Posted by By Tony Edike, Vanguard on
FORMER Commissioner for Information in Enugu State, Mr. Pius Uche and his wife, Virginia, were on Monday crushed to death in a ghastly auto accident along Enugu-Abakaliki expressway.
ENUGU—FORMER Commissioner for Information in Enugu State, Mr. Pius Uche and his wife, Virginia, were on Monday crushed to death in a ghastly auto accident along Enugu-Abakaliki expressway.
The couple whose first son narrowly escaped death in the crash, became the latest victims of the spate of motor accidents spreading grief in the state.
Eyewitnesses said the couple was crushed to death by a Mercedes 911 truck, which rammed into their red Toyota Corolla car along the expressway on their way to the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Emene.
Uche, who until his tragic death, was the Director of Commercial Services in Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), was in company of his wife and son when the unfortunate incident occurred.
His son, who was driving the ill-fated car, survived the crash but his two legs were mangled by the impact of the crash.
The driver of the truck, it was learnt, had crushed a little child, who was attempting to cross the ever busy road and in the process of escaping, the panic-stricken truck driver rammed his vehicle into Uche’s car with registration number BB 383 ENU.
After smashing the former commissioner’s car, the truck was said to have dragged the vehicle and its occupants into a valley near the Nwannedinamba Catholic Housing Estate, where the police and other sympathisers battled to extricate the occupants from the wreckage.
According to the eyewitness account, Uche died on the spot while his wife was certified dead on getting to the nearby National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu. Uche served as information commissioner during the military administration of Col. Sule Ahman, which handed over to the present civilian government in the state.
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