Tragedy was averted on Saturday, June 5 as a bus conveying no fewer than 22 students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to a burial was involved in an auto crash.
Scene of the accident
It was learnt that the accident occurred at about 10am around the Okigwe area of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway while the students were travelling for the burial of one of their colleague’s mother at Mbaitolu Ikeduru in Imo State.
One of the victims, simply identified as Delight, a second-year student of Library and Information Studies who spoke to Punch blamed the accident on the deplorable condition of the highway.
She said the driver of the bus conveying them was about overtaking another vehicle when he suddenly saw a dangerous pothole in the middle of the road, and in his attempt to dodge it, the vehicle veered off the highway and somersaulted.
While adding that after the vehicle somersaulted many times, “we all found ourselves in the median of the expressway, trapped in the vehicle with the roof upside down.”
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However, it took the combined efforts of other commuters and sympathisers to squeeze the victims out of the badly damaged bus which had the inscription of Christ Church Chapel Choir C4, UNN Campus.
Fortunately no life was lost but all the passages in the bus were injured while the critically injured were rushed to hospitals at Okigwe for medical treatment by sympathisers.
Sources: Naij.com news, Punch Nigeria
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