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12 feared dead as varsity shuttle collides with truck in Ebonyi

No fewer than twelve persons, mostly women, died in an accident on Tuesday in Ebonyi.

The incident, it was gathered, happened along the Ezillo axis of the Enugu/Abakaliki expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) confirmed the accident.

According to its Sector Commander in Ebonyi, Uche Chukwurah, the accident involved a shuttle bus and truck.

She said 12 of the 14 passengers in the bus died while two injured persons were rushed to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital (AE-FUTHA) for treatment.

“14 passengers were involved. 12 died: 10 females and 2 males. The 2 injured are receiving treatment at AE-FUTHA,” she said.

The bus was a private University shuttle bus that plied the Abakaliki town to Ishieke and Permanent site campuses of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU).

The pictures of the accident with the bus which was marked EBSU Bus Service caused panic among the university community.

However, sources said reports the victims are students of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) were false.

The source explained that the passengers had hired the bus for a separate (non-academic) trip.

It was gathered that the passengers, who are mostly women, hired the bus to convey them to an event outside the state believed to be a burial.


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