No fewer than 10 persons were feared dead with two others seriously injured in a fatal auto crash that occured along Ishiagu-Axis of the Okigwe-Afikpo highway.
An eye witness, Mr Jeremiah Aja told our reporter that the accident occured when a bus belonging to Abia Line Network coming from Umuahia to Afikpo lost control due to excessive speed killing almost all the passengers on board.
Aja, who witnessed the incident while working on his farm narrated that the bus was moving at an excessive speed and could not negotiate bend.
” He said: “The drive could not negotiate a bend due to high speed and he lost control and somersaulted multiple times inside the bush; we were able to rescue two persons before the bus caught fire and we ran away.
“It took the prompt intervention of Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, Ivo local government chairman, who brought water tankers and put out the fire.
“The police and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) teams quickly moved the two persons alive to a nearby hospital where they are now receiving medical treatment.
“Over ten bodies burnt beyond recognition have been evacuated to the motuary by FRSC officials, ” Aja said.
When contacted, Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed the incident but noted that she was yet to be fully briefed on the cause of the accident and number of casualties involved.
” We have received information about the fatal accident which happened today along the Ishiagu axis of Okigwe-Afikpo highway but the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) is currently at the scene of the crash.
“He will give us a clear picture of the incident but for now, I can’t confirm to you the actual number of casualties or the cause ,” Odah said.