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Vehicular accident throws Abia communities into darkness

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Lawrence Nwimo

Several communities in Abia state were yesterday (Monday) thrown into darkness as a result of a vehicular accident involving a Toyota Corolla saloon car at Ohiya, Umuahia, along Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway.

This development was made known by the head, corporate communications of the Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC), Mr. Emeka Ezeh.

According to Ezeh, the incident claimed about 14 High Tension poles, including five 40 feet poles, with cross arms, pot insulators, stays, disc insulators, and j-hooks.

The communities affected by this mishap includes, Nkwoegwu, Uzuakoli, Isiukwuato, Ntigha, Mbawsi, Ngwa axis, Abiriba, Amaogwugwu, Mgbaja Osa, Ogbogi Ukwu, Ogbogi Umuonya, Umuekwule Umuokpara, Dike Nta, Dike Ukwu, Ehume, Ogbodinibe, Umuajameze, amongst others. 

It was gathered that the EEDC team immediately isolated the affected network for safety of lives, and the matter subsequently reported at the Central Police Station, Umuahia, for further investigations.

“We record several cases of vehicular accidents along our major highways, leading to destruction of electricity infrastructure and subjecting our customers to inconveniences”.

“Apart from the destruction of our installations, some of these accidents lead to loss of lives and damage of property; at times even electrocution or fire outbreak.”

Effort is already being made by EEDC to replace the damaged poles and line accessories, so that the affected communities can be restored.

The company however urged motorists to practise safe driving, be more cautious, avoid over speeding and all forms of recklessness while on the road, as that will reduce the downtime associated with these accidents, and go a long way in saving lives and protecting property. 

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