Twelve persons were reportedly burnt to death on Thursday following a fatal motor accident along the Tombia-Ammassoma road in Yenagoa local government council area of Bayelsa state.
While nine persons were reportedly burnt to ashes on the spot following an explosion occasioned by the accident, four others later died on arrival at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri.
It was gathered that the incident, which occurred on Wednesday night involved a 14-seater passenger bus and a diesel tanker truck believed to be conveying chippings to a construction site around the Ammassoma area.
Eyewitnesses told journalists that the incident occurred at about 8.45 in the night,” the accident occurred along the Tombia /Amassoma road very close to the Airport Junction on Wednesday evening”.
“The Bus and DIESEL tanker collide and the bus burst into flames, everybody in the bus was trapped and burnt beyond recognition except three survivors. The three survivors however later gave up the ghost, only one is breathing”.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed to Leadership that the burnt passengers were unrecognized and could not immediately identify the victims, “when we arrived the scene at about 10pm there was nothing we could do.”
The FRSC officials confirmed that preliminary investigation showed that it was over speeding on the part of the diesel truck,” we believe the truck driver removed the plate number and escaped from the scene of the accident. But the passenger bus carry plate number numbered VA6243”
Also speaking, the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident and said the scene was gory and horrible,