Seventeen people are feared dead on Friday in Imo State after an 18-seater bus conveying passengers from Orlu town to Owerri, the state capital, had a head on collision with a truck. It was learnt that the truck, which was on its way to Orlu from the state capital, was conveying diesel. The tragedy, according to an eyewitness simply identified as Paschal, occurred on Njaba Bridge along the Owerri-Orlu expressway.
He said, “Over 20 people lost their lives on Njaba bridge after a trailer conveying diesel lost control. “It rammed into an 18-seater bus and, sadly, all the occupants of the bus were burnt alive.” Another source, Chukwukere Obinna, said, “Relevant authorities should take note of the kind of accidents that occur these days. “It happened on Njaba bridge. It was a multiple accident. People were feared dead. It is a disaster. A black Friday, indeed.”
Another eyewitness who gave his identity as Ikechukwu, disclosed that immediately the two vehicles collided, they exploded and burned to death the 18 passengers.