Dan Orbih, the Edo state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), narrowly escaped death on Tuesday, October 20.

Orbih’s convoy was involved in a ghastly accident at the notorious Ewu hill, along the Benin/Auchi Expressway, PM News reports.

The accident happened when an articulated truck descending the hill from the Benin end of the road, lost control and rammed into the chairman’s convoy from behind, pushing the convoy of cars off the road and into the ravine.

According to Chris Nehikhare, the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Orbih and his convoy were able to crawl out of the ravine.

Fortunately, all those travelling with him escaped unhurt but the driver of the truck as well as two passengers in one of the other vehicles sustained injuries.

They were rushed to the Irrua Specialist Hospital for medical attention.

Nehikhare said: “We however pray for speedy recovery for them. We also use this opportunity to thank all our members, supporters and well-wishers for their calls and concerns so far.”

Road accidents have become a normal and re-occurring phenomenon in Nigeria. This is a very serious issue which affects both the rich and the poor.

In August, Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, escaped death after his car was involved in an accident along Airport Road in Abuja. He was reportedly flown out of Nigeria for medical treatment.

In October, an accident that occurred at the Ile-Ise Awo junction along Lagos-Abeokuta road few kilometres to Neuro Psychatric hospital in Abeokuta left six people with various degrees of injuries.