Friday, 8 June 2012

Heavy traffic build up in Enugu as Abakpa-Nike bridge collapses

The collapse of the 50-year-old Abakpa-Nike Bridge in Enugu State capital Wednesday night following an intense rainfall Thursday  caused heavy traffic build up in the city, cutting off close to one million residents of the city.

Residents of the densely populated Abakpa-Nike who passed through the bridge late Wednesday evening woke up Thursday morning to discover to their that the bridge had collapsed, cutting them off from other parts of the city. Although no life was lost in the disaster, it, however, caused a major traffic problem for motorists plying Abakpa-Nike, Emene and Trans-Ekulu axis Thursday as most residents  of the area were forced to return home, while some trekked to their places of work, market and school.

Rosemary Obika, who leaves close to the bridge, said that at about 7.00 pm that night, they heard a loud noise and before they could get there, the bridge had already gone down.

“People scampered for safety as motorists and other road users were diverted to Penoks area to avoid the collapsed bridge," she said. "As this was going on, another section of the bridge also collapsed and it completely cut off the road. There was great confusion.”

On Thursday, Enugu State Government deployed Arab Contractors, a construction company in the state, to the location, while the bridge was barricaded as security men kept vigil at the place.

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