An undisclosed number of officers of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly known as VIO, have been involved in a car crash and sustained varying degrees of injuries while in pursuit of a traffic offender at the Lugbe Bridge along Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road in Abuja.
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The accident which occurred at about 3:10pm on Monday, September 19, was caused by the VIO officers who were driving on “One Way” while chasing a vehicle at the Lugbe interchange. It was gathered that the officers were driving against the traffic on the bridge in an attempt to arrest a driver whose vehicle documents were alleged to have expired but in the process had a head-on collision with an oncoming Toyota Corolla vehicle with registration number ABJ 717 CE. A facebook user Samuel Adekanmi Haastrup, shared a clip from the incident on his facebook page, with a caption which reads;
Some operatives of the Vehicle Inspection Office driving against traffic to apprehend a suspected offender hit another vehicle going in the right direction, ruining its front.
According to the tweep, who shared the video on Monday, the incident happened at Federal Housing Bus Stop, Lugbe, Abuja.
The tweep, Hushiraf, said, “What a shame VIO followed one way in an attempt to arrest a golf car but luck ran against them as they heated(sic) an oncoming Toyota Corolla car! This happened at the Federal Housing B/stop Lugbe bridge, Airport road, Abuja.”
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The injured VIO officers were rushed to the hospital. The two vehicles involved were damaged beyond recognition. The incident which attracted a large number of passersby and sympathisers who thronged the scene blamed the officers for the accident.
The driver of the vehicle (Abraham) who escaped death by a whisker while narrating his experience said he was ascending the bridge when he suddenly saw the VIO vehicle coming from the opposite direction at high speed. He said it was God that kept him alive considering the impact of the crash.