Published On: Wed, Jan 25th, 2017

Collapsed Mast, Sign Post Kill Three in Port Harcourt

LAGOS JANUARY 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Three people, including a teenage girl and her little brother, died yesterday when a telecommunications mast and a signage pole fell at the Mile 3 axis of Port Harcourt.
The structures collapsed following a torrential rain, claiming the lives of the 16-year-old girl and her little brother while their mother Mrs Eucheria Charles escaped unhurt.

“The signboard also hit coach on his head,’’ a witness said, referring to the third victim as coach, the deceased’s identity in the community.
“We don’t just understand how the thing happened. Everything was very fast.”
Chukwudi Dimkpa, managing director, Rivers State Signage and Advertising Agency, said the signage pole fell upon impact by the telecoms mast, possibly because the signage post was not firmly rooted
He stated this when he visited the scene of the disaster.
Dimkpa noted that many signage poles in Port Harcourt were not properly maintained, just as he said effort would be will be intensified to inspect other signage poles in the state.
“Almost all the practitioners are aware of what it means for a pole to collapse. We have been harping on proper maintenance.
“It is unfortunate that this incident happened when the rain was falling. We sympathize with the families of those that lost their loved ones.
“We will investigate what actually happened to that signage pole and take the necessary actions.”

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