By Esther Nworie
Four passengers traveling to Ikwo on Monday evening died in a motor accident that occurred at the Tipper Garage, Spera-in-Deo Junction in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Three occupants of the bus who sustained varying degrees of injuries were rushed to the hospital but two are critically down while one Mr. Uche Onele has started talking.
The driver of the hummer bus, Ukwuru Elom from Nnoche, Ettam community in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state died on-the-spot alongside a baby with the caregiver and another student of Ebonyi state university who was an orphan.
The four persons who died on-the-spot are all from Ettam Okpitumo Ikwo where the driver hails from.
Late Ukwuru, retired from the Works Department of Ebonyi State University and joined the transport business while others were businessmen and women who came to the International Market to buy goods.
The driver had loaded from their park opposite International Market along Enugu-Abakaliki highway to their destination in Ikwo but few minutes they took off, a tipper allegedly lost control from the Spare-In – Deo Flyover and vied off from the road, jump to the other lane, and crushed the moving vehicle.
Contacted, the Ebonyi Sector Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mrs. Stella Uchegbu, confirmed the accident in an interview and said that the accident involved two vehicles: an articulated vehicle and a bus.
“Eight persons were involved in the accident: five females, two males, and a child.
“Four persons were injured: three females and a male while four people died: two females, one male, and a child.
“The injured persons had a head, hand, neck, leg and general body injuries as the accident were caused by overloading and speed violation,” she said.
She said that four handbags and three cartons of goods were recovered from the scene while the victims were evacuated to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.
“The doctor confirmed the death of four persons and their corpses have been deposited at the hospital’s morgue,” she said.