Three persons were confirmed dead following a multiple auto crash which occurred along the Ubakala, Umuahia South axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt express way on Monday, November 28th.
Two people were certified dead while six others were being treated in Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, but one of them passed on.
Four vehicles including a Toyota Hilux van with registration number CG 539RSH, a Peugeot J5 bus marked XA 874 AKW, a Mercedes Benz tipper with No EGG 555 YG and a commercial bus were involved in the accident.
Spokesperson of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Madubuko Darlington, who confirmed the incident said said the victims were brought to the hospital around 9 am.
“Two people were certified dead while six others are being treated by our doctors, but one of them passed on too.”
One of the accident victims identified as Abdulhamid Abubakar blamed the incident on the driver of the the Hilux van who he claimed was over speeding.
“We were four in number in the J5 bus travelling from Lafia,, Nasarawa State to Aba in Abia State, to sell bags of oranges and garden eggs; myself and three of my friends, Husaini Tanko, Imamu Abubakar and Ibrahim Abubakar and I were on the journey. The accident happened when the vehicle in front of our own applied sudden brake to dodge an oncoming Hilux van that was about to overtake a tipper in front of us. The bus in front of our vehicle lost control and ran into the bush, while we rammed into it and our bus sommersaulted and later caught fire. Unfortunately, one of our friends died, while two of us were injured. It is one of us with me here that did not sustain any injury.”
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News source: Daily Trust