By Thankgod Inyang
No fewer than 7 persons have been confirm dead with others sustaining injuries, in an auto crash involving an 18 seater Hiace passenger bus belonging to a transport company, Calculux and a truck conveying gravel.
The accident occurred along the notorious Calabar-Odukpani road, around Pamol Rubber Estate in the out skirts of Calabar.
The bus was said to be heading to Abuja from Calabar in the early hours of today, with about 18 passengers on board.
Eye witness account revealed to CrossRiverWatch that the bus attempted to squeeze its way from behind a truck that was parked by the side of the carriage way and ended up colliding with another oncoming truck which was headed towards Calabar.
Our source further revealed that some passengers died at the spot, while others were severely injured and added that the Police and men of the Department of Public Transport, DOPT came around and evacuated all the victims to the hospital.
When CrossRiverWatch visited the General Hospital Calabar to confirm the incident and the number of casualties, a lady at the admin department who spoke to our reporter confirmed the ghastly accident saying: ”The situation is very tense, some two hilux vehicles brought about 9 persons here, two were confirm dead, and were taken to the anatomy department, however the anatomy department was filled and they have to take them to the mortuary, I don’t know the actual location.
“Presently the other victims that sustained severe injuries are receiving treatment in the theater, some are still unconscious though, one of them did not sustain any injury, a child of 5-6 years. The lady said.
She added that apart from the two that were confirmed dead right there in the hospital, 7 others that died at the spot of the incident were also taken to the mortuary in other places due to lack of space in the anatomy department of the hospital.
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