Scores die in Enugu auto crash

Many people Tuesday were feared dead while others sustained different degrees of injury in a fatal road accident on the Ugwu Onyeama – Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

It was gathered that the incident occurred when a tanker had a head on collision with a trailer, carrying cement and the crash affected other vehicles.

It was also gathered that a fully loaded GUO bus travelling to Lagos from Ebonyi state, a private car with parents and their young son and an unmarked bus, were also involved in the crash.

The deputy governor of Enugu state, Barr Ifeanyi Ossai, who was at the scene of the incident for an on the spot assessment, also visited the hospitals where the injured victims were taken to.

Ossai thanked the hospitals for the promptness in treating the victims as well as the first respondents for their efforts in reducing the number casualties.

“We visited the private clinic at 9th Mile where substantial number of our citizens are hospitalised and we are also here at the orthopaedic hospital where some of the victims are receiving treatment.

“We are also grateful to the doctors for their prompt interventions because I’m sure but for their interventions, we would have had more losses.

“We’re also grateful to the first respondents; the military personnel, Road Safety Corps, fire service, DSS and police and all the institutions that came and effected immediate response and ensure we didn’t lose more persons than we lost.”

The deputy governor also assured that the government will assist the injured persons in their treatment.