By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Calabar—No fewer than 19 persons were killed in auto crash, yesterday, along Benin-Ore road as a diesel tanker collided with a commercial vehicle, killing all the passengers except one.
The bus, belonging to Hope Express Transport Company, was carrying 19 persons. It reportedly took off from Lagos heading to the South-East when the accident occurred. Only one of the passengers survived and was rushed to a hospital in Benin City.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that he was travelling along the road when the accident occurred, adding that most of the “bodies of the victims were badly mangled.”
He said: ‘’There was blood everywhere with the property of the casualties littering the area.”
Some of the sympathisers at the scene of the accident blamed the sad development on breach of traffic regulations by motorists.
The tanker driver was alleged to have abandoned his lane and crossed the pavement.
Corpses of the victims were taken to a mortuary in Benin and the tanker driver arrested by the police for interrogation.
In a related develop-ment, few kilometres away from the scene, there was another fatal accident involving a trailer and a Mercedes Benz, which left property worth several thousands of naira destroyed.
Eyewitnesses at the scene of the accident claimed that serious cases of injury were recorded as the Mercedes car was terribly damaged.