Fatal accident claims six students, nine injured in Ebonyi

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Six people believed to be students of Madonna University, Okija, in Anambra state were Saturday burnt to death in a crash along the Abakaliki-Enugu highway at about 6pm on Friday.

An eyewitness, Chukwuma Ogwa, who spoke to journalists, said the crash was a head-on collision involving two commercial buses.

Ogwa added that it took the efforts of villagers who were alerted to rescue the other students who sustained injuries.

“The accident happened on Friday evening near the bridge which is just about two poles to Ezamgbo general hospital between two commercial buses.

“One of the buses which was carrying the students went off the road and somersaulted into the bush and caught fire.

“So it took the efforts of villagers to put out the fire and at the same time use an axe to break the bus so as to rescue the passengers in one of the buses,” he explained.

When contacted the Public Education Officer of Federal Road Safety Commission, Ebonyi state command, Monday Okoro confirmed that 9 persons were injured.

“Out of the nine, eight were male and one female. Six were killed among which were four males and two females.

“Those killed were taken to FETHA 2 were they were deposited at the morgue.

“The injured are presently receiving treatment in same hospital.”

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