By Steve Oko
Eight persons were killed and seven were seriously injured in a fatal car accident that occurred on the Umueka axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway.
The accident involving a Toyota bus and a stationary tanker truck happened around 6 a.m. between the Umueka and Aro Ngwa intersection of the highway, shortly after the Osisioma Aba overpass.
The 14-seater bus transporting them is said to have rammed into a stationary truck on the highway.
Poor visibility due to early morning dew is believed to have caused the accident when the driver rammed the bus into the trailer which reportedly broke down in the middle of the road.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus was soaked with the blood of the victims.
The Abia State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC Mr Paul Ugwu confirmed the incident and described it as very unfortunate.
The FRSC boss gave details of the number of casualties and said a total of 15 individuals were involved, 12 male adults and three female adults.
He confirmed that eight persons died at the scene and were deposited at the Alanwenmadu Mortuary nearby, while the injured were taken to Ronald Hospital Nkpuala and Living Word Hospital.
Mr Ugwu said his men from the Aba patrol team had arrived and cleared the place.
He called on motorists to speed so that they can control their vehicles in an emergency.
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