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21 die in trailer, school bus accident

The accident happened at the Nkwo junction of the road at about 4:30pm, when the children were returning home from school

No fewer than 21 persons lost their lives in an auto crash that occurred on the old Enugu-Okigwe road, says the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Thursday.

The accident which occurred on Wednesday, involved a low-bed articulated vehicle and a fully-loaded 608 Mercedes Benz bus conveying school children and their teachers.

The FRSC sector commander in Enugu state, Ogbonnaya Kalu confirmed the accident and the number of deaths in an interview with NAN.

An eyewitness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the low-bed vehicle lost control and rammed into the school bus conveying students and pupils.

He said the accident threw a lot of families within the Agwu axis of the state into mourning, as one family reportedly lost three children.

“The driver of the heavy duty vehicle ran away from the scene of the accident after forcing the vehicle to a halt inside the bush,” the eyewitness said.

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