At least 10 people including a woman and her two children, died on Tuesday along Abakaliki-Afikpo Road in Ebonyi State after an 18-seater bus rammed into a crane belonging to a Chinese construction company.The bus involved in the accident belongs to Ezza South Local Government Area and has a registration number NKE 28LG.
Witnesses said first responders had to use an axe to break open the mangled bus to retrieve the bodies.
Residents said a pregnant woman, who was among the injured was taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.
“She and other wounded victims were believed to be in critical condition at the hospital as doctors and nurses were seen battling to save their lives,” residents said.
A witness at the scene of the accident, Favour John, told Premium Times that the accident was caused by over-speeding.
“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,” the witness said.
He said the state government should construct a bump at the junction to prevent further accidents.
Another witness, Chibuike Nwali, said it was more painful for the passengers to die few weeks to the Yultide season.
He said the driver of the bus caused the accident.
“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,” he said.
A resident of the area, Victor Ituma, blamed the accident on the truck for “turning at such a busy point on the road”.
“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 busy junction should have had a revolving light or an assistant controlling the traffic,” he said.
Source: Premium Time