Death Toll in East-West Road Accident Rises to 9


*One still unconscious, 2 in stable condition  *Drivers, by-standers blame cause of accident on bad patch on the road*

The number of casualty in an accident involving a commercial bus and a trailer along the Emohua axis of the East-West Road, Thursday, has risen to nine. The were 12 passengers aboard the bus which left Port Harcourt for Lagos in the morning.

By-standers said the trailer which developed a problem with its break system rammed into the passenger bus. The impact of both vehicles, it was gathered, sparked a ball of flames, leaving both vehicles severely burnt by fire.

Six charred bodies were removed from the commercial bus by by-standers as there were no emergency services around the area were the accident occurred.

Five persons were rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH. Two died shortly afterwards.

A nurse at the emergence ward confirmed that one of the remaining three passengers died this morning. The deceased is one of the five passengers that were brought to the hospital after the accident occurred.

This brings the number of deaths to nine out of the 12 people that were said to have been onboard the commercial bus that left Port Harcourt yesterday morning for Lagos.

One of the passengers is still unconscious at the emergence unit. The second surviving passenger is said to be stable and has been taken to the main ward in the hospital.

A lady who was also a passenger in the bus but sustained non-life threatening injuries was taken to a nearby hospital in Rumuoji for treatment. She is still on admission at the hospital.

She recalled: “I sat at the back of the bus. Suddenly, I heard people shouting, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I heard a bang and was thrown on the floor of the bus. I managed to crawl out of the window of the bus. And lost consciousness.”

“I suddenly found myself in this place and was told that two Okada riders brought me here.

The Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, and the Police have not made any public comment on the ghastly accident.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Tom Aliezée, who visited the scene of the accident, attributed the cause of the accident to the bad patch on the East-West Road.

He appealed to the Federal government to urgently fix the bad section of the East-West Road along the Emohua axis to forestall another accident.

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