Over thirty persons have
reportedly died in a road accident along Akaeze-Ishiagu highway, Akaeze
development centre, Ivo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
This was after a bus carrying passengers
dipped into a river near a bridge along the road. The incident was said to have
occurred around 5:45pm.
An eye-witness told Voice of The East that the accident took place when a bus bound for Enugu from a burial ceremony in Ebonyi state tried to overtake a trailer, just before a bridge in the area. He said, “‘’An accident just occurred at Akaeze Development Centre. A 608 bus carrying 36 persons returning from a burial in Ebonyi heading to Enugu while trying to overtake a trailer, the driver lost control and the bus jumped into the river. Up till now, more than 20 minutes after the incident none of them has been found.”
It was said that the driver of
the bus immediately lost control of the vehicle and delved straight into the
river and immediately got submerged.
As at yesterday, five persons who
were rescued were in the hospital in critical conditions, having been rushed
there. The incident has been confirmed by the police spokesman in the state,
Loveth Odah, who described it as a very unfortunate incident. However, she
disclosed that about five persons had been rescued from the river and that
efforts were being made to rescue others.