Three passengers on a tricycle, including the rider, narrowly escaped death on Wednesday in Asaba when the tricycle they were riding rammed into a storm water drainage in front of a new generation Bank, close to Uzor-Igwe Primary School in the heart of city.
It was gathered that due to the gridlock as a result of the ongoing construction of the Storm Water Channel, the tricycle was trying to manoeuvre its way out of the area when it collided with another tricycle and fell into the drainage.
The victims were lucky as they only sustained minor injuries when they were rescued, using one of the folk-lifts of the construction company.
Some witnesses, who spoke on the matter, said “leaving the deep channel that is very close to the road open without barricaded is dangerous as cars could even skid off the road into it”.
They appealed to the government and the contractor handling the project to take pre-cautionary measures so that other vehicles would not fall into it.
As at the time of filing this report when the incident took place, the tricycle was still inside the channel.
Some parents have also called on the contractor handling the Storm Water Control Channel that runs through Uzoigwe Primary School, Asaba, to install barricaded and warning signals to prevent school pupils from falling into the open drainage now under construction.
Some of the parents made the call while speaking to our reporter at the project site on the Nnebisi road, Asaba.
According to Mrs. Helen Chukwukere, with two children schooling at the school, “we were told that a tricycle, including its passengers fell into it”, so, exposing the children to the deep drainage is not good.
The contractor handling the project should take precautionary measures so that the children would not fall inside. Just look at the ongoing work, look at the children, particularly when they are on break; you know who children are.
They want to know what is going on in the deep gutters; some are even closer to look and that way, some may fall inside, hence we are telling the contractor to do the needful to prevent casualties, she said.
Also, Mr. Jasper Omoba, said the ongoing construction is in the interest of all, but the contractor should be mindful that “this is a front of a school; he should ensure that safety measures are taken so that children, knowing who they are, would not fall inside the deep open channel”.
He added, “the way the whole place is open, particularly the front of this school, it is dangerous to the children; the contractor should barricade the place and keep some workers around to keep the children away, because if any of them falls inside, it is a big problem, hence we are advising now.
“Others, who spoke, appealed to the contractor to ensure safety in and around the school because of the children.