Six die in Enugu road crash

The Punch - - NEWS - Raphael Ede, Enugu

No fewer than six per­sons died on Mon­day in a road ac­ci­dent at the opi Agu end of the Nsukka-enugu Road in the Nsukka Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Enugu State.

The Fed­eral Road Safety Corps which con­firmed the in­ci­dent to The PUNCH, de­scribed it as un­for­tu­nate.

it was gath­ered that a bus trav­el­ling to the north­ern part of the coun­try had col­lided with a tip­per car­ry­ing sand, killing all the pas­sen­gers on board.

The bus, which has the in­scrip­tion of DIEU MERCI Trans­port, was said to have loaded from Kaduna to Port Har­court on a night jour­ney be­fore the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

The col­li­sion, ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, oc­curred when the back tyres of the tip­per driv­ing on the op­po­site di­rec­tion pulled out of the lorry and rammed into the bus.

one of the eye­wit­nesses,okoye Ede, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the trip­per also col­lided with the com­muter bus, crush­ing it be­yond recog­ni­tion.

He said six per­sons died in­stantly, while other oc­cu­pants of the bus were in­jured.

“i was com­ing down from Enugu to Nsukka when we got to the ugly scene. The com­muter bus was badly dam­aged, dead and in­jured peo­ple lit­tered the ground.

“The quick in­ter­ven­tion of men of the FRSC, Nsukka, and other se­cu­rity agents pre­vented more ca­su­al­ties, as the in­jured ones were hur­riedly taken to hospi­tal for treat­ment,” he said.

The Sec­tor com­man­der, RS9-1, Mr og­bonna Kalu, de­scribed the in­ci­dent as un­for­tu­nate.

Kalu said the com­muter bus trav­el­ling from Kaduna to Port Har­court had the col­li­sion with the tip­per about 7.30am.

“There was a fa­tal ac­ci­dent that in­volved a com­muter bus and tip­per lorry this morn­ing (Mon­day) at opi­enugu Road.

“Six per­sons died in­stantly while oth­ers sus­tained se­ri­ous and mi­nor in­juries. The vic­tims were taken to the Bishop Shana­han Hospi­tal in Nsukka,” he said

He also added that the af­fected ve­hi­cles had been towed away for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to give way for smooth traf­fic on the road.”

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