Cross Rivers auto crash kills six

ABUJA: SIX people have died following a car accident in the Cross Rivers State, the Federal Road Safety Corps reported.

The fatal road traffic crash took place along the Awis axis of Calabar-Ikom highway involving a Toyota Picnic minibus and a Toyota Hiace bus around the Akamkpa forest, 33 kilometres from Calabar, the capital.

According to the Cross Rivers State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Hygenius Nwachukwu, the bus which was burnt beyond recognition, was heading towards Ikom from Calabar and was on the verge of overtaking a truck when it collided with the ash colored Toyota Picnic.

Additional details from the Command indicated that on arrival at the scene of the crash, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) rescue team recovered six dead persons who were badly burnt, including the driver of the Toyota Hiace bus. The dead victims were taken to Akamkpa general hospital morgue.

Nwachukwu said some of the dead victims have been identified by their relatives as Okpan Okpan Eko, Marvellous Azekpo, Ikoh Ogbu Onugu and Emenike Maduka.

Two other victims are yet to be identified. Nwachuku said the Safety Engineering Unit of the Sector Command had commenced investigations into the crash to ascertain causes and make recommendations on preventive measures.