Tragedy as vehicle kills family of three, one other in BeninTragedy struck in the early hours of today around Uselu Shell area of Benin city, Edo state when a private vehicle rammed into four children killing all. Uselu is a popular residential area of Benin, located along the ever-busy Benin-Lagos expressway, leading in and out of New Benin and Ring Road axis. Our correspondent reports that the Community is currently on a lockdown following the unfortunate incident.The vehicle, a BMW drove by a middle-aged woman, was said to have had break failures before ramming into the four children-hawkers. Igbere TV reliably gathered that three of the four children are from one family, and the only children of their parents. The incident happened exactly at the traditional ground in Uselu, which is put to use only during the coronation of a new Oba. Community youths have taken over the major roads in protest, setting the vehicle ablaze and lighting up a burn fire on the expressway. More details to follow…
The police later came and shot sporadically into the air to disperse the angry youths who blocked the highway.
In the process, five persons among the youths were said to have sustained gunshot wounds; one in the shoulder, another in the chest and the last person beside the eye.
An eyewitness said the police left with two of the injured youths as they retrieved the four bodies of the victims and deposited them at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH.
Igbere TV now gathers that the four killed are – a pregnant woman and her three children.
Sources said they were waiting for a bus when the vehicle rammed into them killing all the four instantly.
Another source has it that the car was driven by a man who has since absconded. His wife (passenger) is said to have been injured and recuperating at UBTH.
The government is said to have left all drainage systems around the Uselu Shell axis open after a clean-up exercise on the gutters.
The victims of today’s accident were said to have taken to the ever-busy highway as alternative since the regular walkways have been blocked with muds removed from the gutters.http://igberetvnews.com/1091433/tragedy-vehicle-kills-family-three-one-benin/