Eyewitnesses alleged that most of the passengers in the bus who were travelling to Lagos on Thursday morning, were burnt beyond recognition after the Hiace bus loaded with 14 passengers was involved in a head-on collision with a pail loader.
The accident occurred after the pail loader skidded off the road and swerved onto the path of the oncoming bus, and it was gathered the collision might have been the cause of the fire. Sources added that a lady identified as a naval officer, was among those who died in the bus which reportedly loaded at Rumuokoro in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State and was almost getting to Ahoada before it collided with the pail loader.
Mr Nnamdi Omoni, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident said the only survivor had severe burns and had been rushed to a nearby hospital.
“I got the report of a fatal motor accident after Choba, along the East-West Road, where a pail loader skidded off the road and had a head-on collision with an oncoming bus. The bus was conveying passengers to Lagos. The bus went up in flames and all the passengers, except one, were burnt beyond recognition. The person who survived had severe burns and he is said to be in the hospital for medical attention while the charred remains of those burnt had been gathered and taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for preservation” he said.
It was also gathered that a team of security operatives were dispatched to the accident scene to stop any breakdown of law and order.
“Operatives of the Rumuji Police Station are there on guard and trying to ensure that there is no security breach as a result of the accident and also to prevent anybody from taking advantage of the situation to perpetrate crime,” he added.