10 die in Ebonyi road crash

By 03:04 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 Comments



At least ten persons including a woman and her

two kids Tuesday lost their lives in a ghastly

accident that took place at Hausa quarters junction

along Abakaliki-Afikpo road.

The accident involving 18 seater bus belonging to

Ezza south local government area with the

registration number NKE 28LG rammed into crane

truck belong to a Chinese company with the

registration number DKA 17YF.

An eyewitness, Mr Favour John who spoke to our

correspondent at the scene lamented that the

junction is prone to constant accidents.

“The truck was trying to turn all the way from Spera

in deo junction but the bus driver, instead of

stopping like others who saw it and stopped

decided to drive past but unfortunately he rammed

into it”. It is due to over speeding that made him to

ram into the turning truck”.

He called on the state government to put up bump

at the junction to prevent further accident

occurring at the area.

Another witness, Chibuike Nwali described as

painful the death of the passengers who lost their

lives a few weeks to the yuletide season and

blamed the driver of the bus for causing this

mayhem.

“The impatience of the driver led to this accident.

The most painful thing was the death of a woman

and her two kids who died instantly at the scene.”

Also, Mr Victor Ituma a resident of the quarters

blamed the accident on the truck for turning at

such a busy point on th road.

He said: “I was just coming out from my house

reaching to this junction, this crane was turning

when the bus rammed into it. My annoyance was

that a truck like this with this capacity coming to

turn at this junction where people are making use

of should have had a revolving light or a security

guard who must be positioned in this junction to

direct road users”.

It was also gathered that the same driver was last

week warned by an officer of the federal road

safety commission, FRSC for over speeding.

People responding to the accident had to use axe

to break open the mangled bus to retrieve the

bodies.

A pregnant woman who was rescued was still

breathing heavily and was immediately rushed to

the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki for

treatment.

She and other wounded victims are believed to be

in critical condition at the hospital as doctors and

nurses were seen battling to save their lives.


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