By Emma Una
CALABAR—FOUR reverend sisters travelling from Ogoja, in Cross River State, to Uyo, Akwa Ibom, for a church programme yesterday, lost their lives when their car had a head-on collision with a truck along the Ogoja-Ikom highway.
They died on the spot, while two other reverend sisters involved in the same accident are lying unconscious at Holy Family Joint Hospital in Ikom, some 60 kilometres away from the accident scene.
The sisters, according to a source at the Ogoja Catholic Archdiocese, were travelling for a church programme in preparation for the 2016 Easter celebration, when they had the accident few kilometres away from the Mbok Junction, in Ogoja Local Government Area.
The Toyota Avensis car in which they were travelling was said to be overtaking a truck at a bend, when it suddenly came upon the delivery truck of a bottling company.
An eyewitness said: “The driver of the car was speeding and trying to overtake another truck. He ran into an oncoming Coca-cola truck head-on.”
When Vanguard visited the scene of the accident yesterday, the mangled body of the Toyota Avensis and the truck were still at the scene.
Bishop John Aya, the Catholic Archbishop of Ogoja Diocese could not be reached on phone, but Rev Father Bekong Simon said the loss was sad.
He said: “We are all devastated by their tragic death; we pray God to repose their souls for they were greatly committed to the expansion of the gospel in the country.”