Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Edo state recently recorded multiple motor accidents on a busy road called “Upper Mission Road,” caused by residents who were allegedly rushing to beat the government-imposed curfew.
Multiple car crashes have been recorded in Edo state when drivers allegedly rushed to beat COVID-19 curfew
In the past few weeks, the government of Edo, Ondo, and a few other states have imposed a 7-am to 7-pm curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19. Last week, the FRSC in Ondo state warned that it will impound vehicles of anyone caught violating the curfew directive; similar or different punishment could be the reason why some Edo state drivers now rush to beat the curfew times.
According to press reports, the recent multiple accidents recorded in Edo state involved a truck that was loaded with “7UP” soda drinks, a car with ash paint, another car painted red, and an 18-seater passenger bus. Reports claim that the drivers of these vehicles were all rushing to beat the 7-pm COVID-19 curfew when the calamity befell them.
See the video below that shows the vehicles stacked atop one another at the scene of the accident;
Multiple Auto Crash As Residents Rush To Beat Curfew In Edo
Edo state has reportedly been observing a 10-day (dusk-to-dawn) curfew since the 20th of April 2020, which is a day after the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, declared it as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. It's so sad to see reports of accidents occurring just when the curfew is at the brink of being reviewed.
Fortunately, there is currently no record of death from this incident at the time of writing this update, however, some of the injured victims are still receiving medical attention.
As the COVID-19 lockdown and curfew continue in most Nigeria states, we plead with all motorists to drive safely and obey all traffic rules.