Lone fatal motor accident claims 16 lives in Enugu

A lone fatal motor which occured  on Tuesday , April 30, 2024, around 5:20 p.m., at Ekwegbe, along Enugu/Opi/Nsukka Road, has claimed the lives of yet-to-be identified 16 persons , fourteen male (14) and two (2) female who burned beyond recognition.

Police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe  in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Enugu, said  the accident involved an 18-seater white-coloured Toyota Hummer bus with a Bauchi State commercial registration number DAS 215 XA and the inscription “Masha Allah”, said to have been driven at high speed, lost control, and plunged into the fence of Maduka University along the road.

Pix:The burnt bus

“A preliminary investigation reveals that the vehicle unfortunately burst into flames burning beyond recognition, the sixteen (16) deceased individuals, who were taken to the hospital and confirmed dead. However, two (2) other passengers were rescued alive and taken to the hospital for medical attention by police officers, soldiers and public spirited  citizens, who immediately responded to the incident.”, Ndukwe said.

It was also revealed that the vehicle, loaded with edible vegetables, other food items, and the luggage of the passengers, was heading towards Nsukka from the Enugu axis of the road. However, the actual point of take-off and final destination of the vehicle have not been ascertained. Nonetheless, the items have been recovered by the Igbo-Etiti Police Division.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, psc (+) in company of officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, has visited the scene to assess the situation. He describes the accident and the carnage therein as sad, commiserating with the yet-to-be-traced family members, friends, and associates of the deceased.

Pix:The bus

“The CP further calls on individuals that can help in identifying the members of the deceased to come forward with such information. Or alternatively call 08098880172 or 08086671202, or send emails to infoenugupolice@gmail.com.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama 6

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