Scene of a road accident in Nigeria

Okafor Ofiebor /Port-Harcourt

The Death toll arising from the auto accident involving a Lagos bound bus on Thursday in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State has risen to nine.

More details gathered by our Correspondent on Friday revealed that the death toll rose because among those who were rescued from bus, which burst into flames, suffered third degree burns and later gave up the ghost due to the impact of head on collision with the heavy truck.

Among those who later died were those who were rushed to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH.

Eyewitnesses told PM News that the commercial bus involved in the accident happened at about 10.00am today, Thursday August 9, when the rammed into a heavy duty truck that was carrying a crane.

It was also gathered that some of Eyewitnesses who were first to arrive at the scene busied themselves snapping and recording some charred bodies the passengers at the accident scene.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Chief Tom Aliezi, who visited the scene of the accident on Friday blamed it on the bad portion of the East-West road which is under the purview of the Federal Government.

He called on the federal government to expedite action and complete the abandoned portions of the East-West road to stem further carnage on the ever busy trunk ‘A’ expressway.

Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, in his reactions blamed the accident on excessive speeding on the part of bus driver.