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Enugu-Nike-Opi-Nsukka road lone accident death toll now 17 -FRSC

The death toll from the Enugu-Nike-Opi-Nsukka Road lone accident has risen from 15 to 17 persons as at Wednesday, says the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the commercial bus, which was on high speed, lost control and rammed into the fence of Maduka University, Ekwegbe located on the road and burst into flames.

The Police Command in Enugu State had confirmed that 16 passengers were burnt beyond recognition in a fatal accident involving a commercial bus along Enugu-Nike-Opi-Nsukka road on Tuesday.

The Sector Commander of FRSC in Enugu State, Mr. Adeyemi Sokunbi, confirmed the eventual death of one of the two survivors.

Sokunbi said that doctors at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu where the two survivors were rushed to by the FRSC officers, confirmed the death.

“The remaining surviving passenger, who had 64 per cent burns injury, is stable and responding to treatment.

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“FRSC officials are on ground and we have kept a close attention on him, even as we pray that the almighty God grant him quick recovery,” he said.

The sector commander said that the FRSC had taken the deceased to the morgue, while trying to make contact with families and friends of those affected in the unfortunate incident.

According to him, from available sketchy information got so far on the commercial bus, it is likely that the bus was heading to the northern part of the country, probably Abuja, and finally Kaduna.

Sokunbi said: “I am making a passionate appeal, which FRSC management had been making for years now, for our people to avoid all forms of night travel.

“As drivers on the wheel, and even passengers being conveyed, we should not overspeed and we all have the responsibility to put the driver in check when he over speeds.” (NAN)

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