15 travellers get mass burial after Port Harcourt-Enugu highway accident

15 travellers that got burnt in a road crash on the Port Harcourt-Enugu Highway have been given mass burial.

PHOTO: FRSC/A FATAL ROAD CRASH IN EDO STATE: CREDIT THENEWSPAD/GOOGLE

The occupants of a Toyota bus, got burnt beyond recognition, had a head-on collision with a Mercedes truck, which caused their deaths on Saturday.

The spokesman of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the accident in a statement, the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) said.

He explained that “The victims have been given mass burial. All obstructions have been cleared. Enugu State Fire Service already extinguished the fire on the bus.

The accident occurred at the Enugu highway’s end at about 8:20 p.m., according to Mr Kazeem who blamed the fatal crash on several factors, including fatigue, which must have made one of the drivers sleep on the wheels.

The FRSC spokesman, quoted the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, as advising motorists to desist from night journeys to reduce fatalities from road crashes.

He noted that Mr Biu noted that most fleet operators and other vehicle owners, including private vehicle owners addicted to night journeys, did so for selfish economic gains.

The FRSC boss further observed that most night travellers indulged in the overloading of vehicles with passengers and goods.

“Travellers should plan their journeys for the daytime because when crashes occur away from FRSC rescue points, it is difficult to access help from other motorists at night,’’ Mr Biu said.

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