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Another Tragedy: 20 Die, Others in Critical State

Posted by By Tony Edike on 2005/10/30 | Views: 2230 |

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Another Tragedy: 20 Die, Others in Critical State


AS Nigerians continue to mourn the death of the First Lady, Mrs. Stella Obasanjo and victims of the Bellview plane crash earlier in the week, another tragedy struck in Enugu yesterday where a ghastly auto accident claimed the lives of over twenty people and left several others in critical conditions.

AS Nigerians continue to mourn the death of the First Lady, Mrs. Stella Obasanjo and victims of the Bellview plane crash earlier in the week, another tragedy struck in Enugu yesterday where a ghastly auto accident claimed the lives of over twenty people and left several others in critical conditions.

The accident, occurred along the Enugu-Nsukka expressway in the early hours of the day and it involved a luxury bus heading for the northern part of the country and a Mercedes 911 truck carrying heavy logs of wood.

It was a pathetic sight when Vanguard visited the scene yesterday as mangled bodies of the deceased pasengers littered the area while the injured and other survivors were moaning in agony. Volunteers made frantic efforts to pull more bodies from the wreckage in which both vehicles were damaged beyond recognition.

A police patrol team that arrived the scene later join hands with sympathisers who volunteered their vehicles began to remove the dead bodies and the injured to nearby hospitals and mortuaries while many other passersby stayed back to bemoan the disaster.

Among those who died in the mishap were two female youth corpers identified by their uniforms, the drivers of both vehicles and many young men believed to be traders as well as some middle aged women.

Most of the survivors were reeling in pains and could not speak on the incident but one of them who gave her name as Mrs. Nnamdi said she boarded the bus at Onitsha while it was in transit adding that she did not know where it originated from.

She said the accident occurred around 6.30 am when the luxury bus driver attempted to overtake a lorry at a bend but ran into the on-coming truck loaded with timber adding that the passengers had continued warning driver over his reckless driving until the incident happened.

"We kept warning the man but he refused to listen, then I saw him swerve suddenly and the next thing I heard was gboa! And you can now see what happened", she narrated.

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