By Frank Edima
Concerns about the deplorable state of roads in the Cross River state capital has heightened with the spate of recurring fatal accidents and attendant deaths recorded daily on these roads.
The latest casualty of these death traps called roads is an unnamed woman whose life was ruthless abridged the early hours of Monday 23rd, November 2015.
The woman, believed to be the wife of one Dr. Okon who owns a pharmacy opposite Police College Akpabuyo, was crushed to death at Atimbo, Calabar Municipality along the Calabar Akpabuyo federal highway, Cross River State by a truck believed to be owned by cement giants, UNICEM which has been acquired by LAFARGE.
The woman was said to on a bike heading for Calabar before the incident that took her life. One eye witness that spoke to our reporter said due to the damaged nature of the road, the dead woman fell off a motorcycle she took from Police College, Akpabuyo to Calabar.
Another added that “she was on a bike from Akpabuyo to Calabar when an approaching truck hit them from behind. As she struggled to alight from the bike, the muddy ground slipped her which made her fell under the truck. The truck driver, unknowingly, tried to reverse when he heard people shouting. He tried to halt, but the woman was already crushed to death.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the bike man was able to escape death but the woman and the motorbike were crushed by the heavy weight truck.
Residents around the neighbourhood told CrossRiverWatch that they were tired of hearing that the road is a federal road and all they wanted was for the state government to at least come and do some palliative work on the road to check the loss of life and alleviate the pain of the road users.
It will be recalled that not less than 40 persons have been reported dead in the past five months due to accidents on federal roads in the state.