Seven died in Cross River road crash


Seven persons lost their lives on Wednesday in a ghastly motor accident along the narrow-busy Calabar-Ikom highway in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
The accident involved a truck and a 14-seater Toyota Hiace bus and a 16-wheel trailer.
The bus, which belongs to a transport firm known as Calculux, was heading for Port Harcourt when the accident occurred around New-Netim community in Odukpani Local Government Area of the State.
Cross River State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lawrence Ikechukwu, who confirmed the accident in Calabar, said the Port Harcourt bound bus which left its terminus at Etta-Agbor, Calabar was loaded with 14 passengers.
“The bus driver was on the right hand side of the road and the truck driver was over taking dangerously and carelessly. The Calculux bus tried to avoid the truck and ran into the bush but the truck lost control and followed them to the bush. It crushed the bus and seven people died.
“Seven other persons are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Calabar and a few of them are under critical condition.
“From every indication, the driver of the truck is at fault because he was over-taking dangerously and he lost control.”
According to the Sector Commander, the driver of the truck ran away shortly after the accident.
“We are working with the police to arrest the driver of the truck. We will get him and he will face the law. We have the manifest of the bus with us and we are working hard to contact the families of those that lost their lives,” he said.
Ikom/Calabar highway is the only entry and exit route into the State Capital.
The narrow road which routinely witness traffic, occasioned by some heavy-duty trailers has claimed several lives in the recent time.
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Source:: New Mail