16 Passengers Perish in Fiery Bus Crash on Enugu Road, Nigeria

Tragic bus accident claims 16 lives in Nigeria, highlighting urgent need for improved road safety measures. Police investigation ongoing to determine cause and prevent similar incidents.

Israel Ojoko
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16 Passengers Perish in Fiery Bus Crash  on Enugu Road, Nigeria

16 Passengers Perish in Fiery Bus Crash on Enugu Road, Nigeria

In a tragic incident at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, a fatal motor accident claimed the lives of 16 passengers on the Ekwegbe road along the Enugu/Opi/Nsukka road in Enugu State, Nigeria.

The accident involved an 18-seater white Toyota Hummer bus with a Bauchi State commercial registration number DAS 215 XA and the inscription 'Masha Allah'.

According to eyewitness reports, the bus was traveling at high speed when it lost control and crashed into the fence of Maduka University. The vehicle, loaded with edible vegetables, other food items, and the passengers' luggage, burst into flames upon impact, trapping the occupants inside.

Fourteen males and two females were confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital, with the victims burnt beyond recognition. Two other passengers were rescued alive and taken to the hospital for medical attention.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, visited the scene and described the accident and the carnage as sad. He called on individuals who could help in identifying the victims or with information to trace the family members of the deceased to come forward. "The investigation is ongoing to determine the exact point of departure and final destination of the vehicle," Uzuegbu stated.

Why this matters: This tragic accident highlights the ongoing issue of road safety in Nigeria and the need for stricter regulations and enforcement to prevent such devastating incidents. The loss of 16 lives in a single accident underscores the urgency for authorities to address the factors contributing to these tragedies, such as speeding, poor road conditions, and inadequate vehicle maintenance.

The recovered items from the bus are currently in the custody of the Igbo Etiti Police Division. The Enugu State Police Command has expressed condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and urged anyone with information to assist in identifying the victims or tracing their families to contact the police. As the investigation continues, authorities are working to determine the cause of the accident and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • 16 killed in fatal motor accident on Enugu/Opi/Nsukka road, Nigeria.
  • Bus crashed into university fence, burst into flames, trapping occupants.
  • 14 males, 2 females confirmed dead, 2 rescued alive.
  • Police investigating cause, seeking help to identify victims and notify families.
  • Accident highlights need for stricter road safety regulations in Nigeria.