ABAKALIKI—NO fewer than 19 persons were reportedly killed in multiple accidents involving different commercial vehicles along the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway in Ebonyi State, yesterday. Vanguard reports that a staff of The Sun Publishing Limited, Prince Ogbonna miraculously survived one of the accidents described by eyewitnesses as ghastly. Investigations revealed that the accidents, which occurred almost simultaneously along the major highway, included Ezilo axis of Ishielu council area of the state and 135, Ezzamgbo of Ohaukwu council area of the state claiming many lives, including the drivers.

Though officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, could not confirm the accurate number of casualties, one of the survivors of the Ezillo accident, who identified himself simply as Ezekiel said that the accident occurred when the driver of a white bus coming from Awka to Abakaliki tried to overtake a Sienna bus and rammed into an oncoming bus from Abakaliki. The eyewitness blamed the driver of the bus he was travelling in for reckless driving, adding that the accident could have been avoided if the driver had heeded several warnings from passengers. Ezekiel said the driver tried to overtake the Sienna and ran into another bus coming from Abakaliki which was also on high speed.Both drivers lost control of their vehicles, leading to a head-on collision. He said the Siena bus skidded off the road and somersaulted many times, killing so many people in the process.