Tragedy struck as no fewer than thirty one mourners died while on their on way from a burial in Ebonyi State on Friday, September 18.
According to reports, the incident occurred at Akaeze Development Centre in Ivo Local Government Area of the state.
Reports also have it that the incident occurred at about 5:45pm when the Mercedes Benz 608 bus conveying 36 persons going back after a burial ceremony in Ebonyi, while trying to overtake a trailer, the driver lost control and the bus veered into the River at Akaeze bridge in Akaeze development centre.
As at the time of filing this report, only five persons in critical condition had been reportedly found and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Ebonyi Command, DSP Loveth Odah, who described the accident as ‘very unfortunate incident’, said
“It is a very unfortunate incident. The DPO of the area just told me that about five persons have been rescued and rushed to the hospital while efforts were on to see if some other persons can be rescued too. Our men are already on ground to see what can be done to help the situation’’ Odah said.
The Coordinator of Akaeze Development Centre, Mr Sinbad, who also confirmed the incident said; “rescue has begun. There are a few dead bodies. I cannot fully confirm the situation now. One person is alive. We are looking for more people. We cannot ascertain the number of people.”