The Ebonyi State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed six persons dead in a road accident that occurred on Friday at the Ezzamgbo end of the Enugu-Abakaliki road.
The Ebonyi Sector Commander, Mrs Stella Uchegbu, told theNews Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that two buses were involved in the accident.
Uchegbu stated that the command’s rescue team moved to the scene of the accident immediately they received a distress call on the incident.
She said, “28 persons, comprising 21 male and seven female passengers, were in the two buses, but four male and two female occupants died on the spot.”
The FRSC boss added that nine passengers who sustained injuries were taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki for treatment.
Uchegbu noted that the remains of the dead passengers had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
She attributed the accident to speed violation, adding that the two vehicles had a head-on collision.
According to her, one of the buses, marked ‘People’s Choice’, was from Taraba State, while the second vehicle was a Mitsubishi L300 bus.
She advised motorists to obey traffic regulations at all times in order to avert road accidents, especially during the ‘ember months.’
An eyewitness said residents of the area rushed to the scene and immediately commenced rescue operation before the arrival of the FRSC team.
He said, “Accidents occur regularly at this end of the expressway. It took the timely intervention of the FRSC team and a handful of sympathisers to rescue the victims.
“We learnt that most of the passengers were students of a private university in one of the South-South states, said to be returning from a trip.
“We appeal to the relevant authorities to take measures to check the incessant accidents on this part of the highway.”