BY SUNNY DAVID
A commercial bus plying Onitsha-Ihiala road in Anambra state was said to have gone up in flames, burning all its passengers beyond recognition. Reports say the accident was caused by overspending.
Federal Raid Safety Corps had warned road users against overspending which is seen as one of the reasons for crashes on highways. But some drivers are bent on having their way as a result of greed.
People were seen weeping due to the degree of burns the vehicle and the passengers suffered. The FRSC has warned drivers to be weary of overspeeding at this period of the year.
Our correspondent gathered that the vehicle summersaulted severally following tire burst, making all the passengers burnt to death.
Confirming the incident, Acting Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Kamal Musa, said all the passengers on board were burnt beyond recognition along with the bus.
He said the number of casualties and the vehicle make were yet to be determined due to the intensity of the crash.
He said: “A lone fatal road traffic crash allegedly caused by tyre burst as a result of excessive speeding leading summersault and the vehicle burst into flames this evening 6th September, 2020 at opposite Omorka in Ihiala along Ihiala- Onitsha Expressway.
“Information reaching the Command states that all passengers on board were burnt beyond recognition along with the bus.
“The corpse of the only male adult who jumped out of the vehicle in the process has been deposited at Mogue in our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala.
“Meanwhile, Anambra State fire service has been contacted and FRSC rescue team from Ihiala Unit Command are on ground to ensure free flow of traffic while obstruction is being cleared.”