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BREAKING: Eleven persons burnt to death in Anambra

Eleven persons lost their lives in an accident along the Awka-Ekwulobia Road in Anambra State.

Seven of the victims, including three male adults and a girl, were burnt beyond recognition.

The crash, which occurred at Agulu Lake bridge on Sunday evening, involved an articulated truck, a commercial bus and shuttle bus.

According to eyewitnesses, the speeding bus overtook wrongly and collided with the Mack truck, while the shuttle bus ran into them.

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Seven people were trapped inside the L300 bus and burnt beyond recognition while five passengers from the shuttle bus were rescue alive and unhurt.

Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Adeoye Irelewuyi, confirmed the incident.

He said: “A fatal road traffic crash occurred at Agulu lake bridge by Awka-Ekwulobia Road 26th December, 2021 at about 16:39hrs.

“The crash involved three vehicles, Mack with no registration number, MIT L300 with registration number: XA857UMN; with about 14 passengers and HIJET bus with registration number: UMZ23XC.

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“Probable cause of the fatal crash was attributed wrongful overtaking and excessive speed.

“Twenty people people were involved in the crash.

“Four persons, comprising two male adults, and two female adults were injured, while 11 persons, including three male adults and one female child were killed.

“Seven people were trapped inside the L300 bus and were burnt beyond recognition while five passengers from the hijet bus were rescued alive and unhurt.

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“The injured victims were rushed to St Joseph hospital where four were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and their corpse deposited at the hospital morgue.”

Irelewuyi condoled with the deceased families and wished the injured quick recovery.

He urged motorists to ensure the road is clear before overtaking and to maintain speed limits.

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