Controversial Garrison Roundabout, Port Harcourt Claims Three Lives

Controversial Garrison Roundabout, Port Harcourt Claims Three Lives

Thursday, January 4, 2018 1:32 pm


The burnt car


Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Three people in a car were burnt beyond recognition in the early hours of today, Thursday, at Garrison Roundabout, Port Harcourt -Aba Expressway, Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital after hitting the concrete slabs of the controversial roundabout.

The roundabout is controvesial because of the criticisms that attended its creation. Motorists and concerned road users in the state capital had criticised the construction of the roundabout as an engineering misnormer, arguing that what the ever busy junction needs is a flyover or a boulevard as is seen in other states. The penchant of Governor Nyesom Wike to contruct roundabouts to deconject traffic has earned him the title, “Mr. Roundabout”.

However, it was opened to traffic about the first week of December last year.

It was not clear when the accident happened but out reporter observed that there were still flickers of fire and smoke when he visited the scene at about 6.30 am today.

Scores of Policemen and officers of the Federal Road Safety.Corps,FRSC,were already at the scene of the charred vehicle, while a corpse of unidentified person burnt beyond recognition were lying beside the vehicle.

Three Police trooper vehicles and two FRSC men were already at accident scene to ensure free flow of traffic at the time of filing the rereport.

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