At least 19 persons yesterday lost their lives in a ghastly auto crash along Owerri-Aba federal highway.
The two vehicles involved in the crash, a commuter bus and a Nissan Xterra, were moving in opposite directions.
According to an eyewitness, the crash occurred at about noon yesterday, between Umuowa and Ihitte, Ngor Okpalaeke local council area of Imo State.
She said all the 19 passengers, including the bus driver and conductor, died on the spot, but the Nissan driver survived the crash
“The only survivor, a pregnant woman that had her two legs chopped off, was bleeding profusely. Her fate obviously hung in the balance. She was in a very critical situation and I pray God will see her through the ordeal”, the woman said amid sobs.
On what led to the crash, most of the sympathizers were of the opinion that the two vehicles were on top speed and eventually ran into each other while trying to avoid a pothole along the road.
The remains of the accident victims were later moved to an undisclosed morgue by officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC.