A yet-to-be-identified male driver attached to Enugu South Local Government Area Mass Transit has reportedly died in an auto-crash that occurred along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Unconfirmed report has it that the incident which happened about 8pm on Thursday night also claimed the lives of other passengers, while others sustained various degree of injuries.
When contacted, Abia State Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede confirmed the incident, but added that the Police Divisional Officer, under whose jurisdiction the incident happened was yet to properly brief her on the incident.
A source who pleaded for anonymity told our reporter, that the driver died on the spot.
The source disclosed that the commercial bus which loaded in Aba, the commercial heart of the state was heading to Enugu State with goods and other passengers.
“Our vehicle was some distance from the scene when the accident happened. But by the time we got to the scene, we met the driver dead and still trapped in the front seat as the body of the car pressed on him.
“It was really a sorry sight. The front of the car squeezed that it would have even been difficult for the man to be rescued. Others were saying that the passengers in the front sustained serious injuries, others said that they died. So, there is no clear report as per if there were others that died apart from the driver which I saw.
“There was no Road Safety Officers in view. Police Checkpoint wasn’t close eight. It was indeed a helpless situation. Passengers sustained various injuries which will need medical attention, but they lied helplessly as help wasn’t coming their way.
“I don’t know what could have caused the accident, but from the look of things, it looks like the driver jammed a big truck from behind to have had such huge impact.
“While we are thanking the federal government for bringing back contractors handling the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to site, it is important that we use this opportunity to reecho our grievances on the snail pace of work on the road which was why they (drivers) resort to using single lane.
“It was dark already and for anybody driving in the night, your car must have good and strong headlamp to light up the road especially as they were using a single lane.”