Six people believed to be students of Madonna University, Okija, in Anambra state were Saturday burnt to death in a crash along the Abakaliki-Enugu highway, DAILY TRUST reports.
Daily Trust reports that the accident happened at about 6pm on Friday.
An eyewitness by name Chukwuma Ogwa who spoke to journalists said the crash was a head-on collision involving two commercial buses.
Ogwa added that it took the efforts of villagers who were alerted to rescue the other students who sustained injuries.
“The accident happened on Friday evening just near the bridge which is just about two poles to Ezzamgbo general hospital between two commercial buses.
“One of the buses which was carrying the students went off the road and somersaulted into the bush and caught fire.
“So it took the efforts of villagers to put out the fire and at the same time use an axe to break the bus so as to rescue the passengers in one of the buses,” he explained.
When contacted, the Public Education Officer of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ebonyi state command, Monday Okoro told newsmen that 9 persons were injured.
“Out of the nine, eight were male and one female. He number of persons killed was six among which were four males and two females.
“Those killed were taken to FETHA 2 were they were deposited at morgue. Those injured are also taken for treatment in same hospital,” he said.
A student who survived the accident wrote on Facebook:
One of my buses we chattered from Taraba state, containing only Madonna students (we chartered 2 buses) had an accident today around 6:PM, the bus somersaulted and caught fire immediately, the bus burnt beyond recognition, student were burnt inside the bus alive. 3 students were burnt to death beyond recognition (2 girls, 1 boy), 3 students managed to come out, but 1 broke her leg and head.
They were immediately rushed to the hospital (and they are all unconscious).
The buses contained 12 students (6 students in each bus, containing the driver, 7 people). It all happened in Ebonyi State, Abakiliki. (I don’t know the state of the driver, whether he survived or not.).
Currently I am in one police station in Abakalili, can’t travel again this night, I was actually in the bus in the beginning but later I changed to the other bus. (Thank God.) 5 girls and I’m the only boy in the second bus. We are all madonna students)