Uyo Bus/ambulance accident didn’t kill anyone: Police, eyewitnesses deny death toll story

. The two vehicles involved in the accident 

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By Itoro BASSEY

There are indications that the accident which occurred after an inter-state transport bus hit an ambulance conveying a corpse along Ekom Iman Junction in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Saturday morning, did not kill anyone as earlier reported by an online news portal (not propellerng.com)

At the time propellerng.com visited the scene of the accident on Sunday evening, it was learned that police had evacuated the vehicles; but ewitnesses counted 13 passengers who were travelling with the bus belonging to TransitFavour Services with Reg No. Edo: URM 730 XL, as victims.

It was also gathered that the bus was escorting a Volvo ambulance bearing the inscription, St Martins Hospital, Port Harcourt, with Reg No Lagos: AGL 671 DJ, en route from Port Harcourt to Ibiono Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom for the burial of a woman identified as late Mrs Onyekachi Vivian Mfon James, before the accident occurred.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chukwu Ikechukwu, Monday, confirmed to propellerng.com that “Nobody died in that accident”.

Ikechukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the injured victims are currently in the hospital and “they are responding to treatment… ”

Meanwhile, a police source at the Itam Divisional Headquarters where this reporter saw the two vehicles involved in the accident being impounded, also confirmed that out of the 13 passengers travelling in the bus, seven sustained injuries while the remaining six escaped unhurt.

The source who asked to be shielded because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said the injured were earlier taken to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital for treatment before they were relocated to St Luke’s Hospital in Anua, Uyo, for further medical attention.

According to him, “As soon as the driver of the bus, whose identity was simply revealed as Chukwu, an employee of TransitFavour Services, discovered that his break had failed while he about to negotiate the Ikot Oku Ikono roundabout, he swerved and hit the right flank of the ambulance so as to stop the vehicle from killing people doing business and those loading passengers at the junction.

“The bus hit the kerb and somersaulted into the walkway, close to the gutter. Nobody died as erroneously reported. But seven persons were injured. They were initially rushed to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital. But they are now receiving more medical attention now at St Luke’s Hospital in Anua”.

It was further gathered that the burial of the late Mrs James, 38, was conducted later on Saturday by the Global Message of Hope Mission church, Port Harcourt, at her husband’s village in Ikot Ubo-Mbiabam Ibiono Ibom.

Information from the burial programme revealed that the late Mrs James hailed from Abor in Udi local government area of Enugu State. She died on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

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