By Emma Una
CALABAR- FOUR Reverend Sisters of the Ogoja Catholic Archdiocese were killed while two were taken unconscious when the car they were travelling had a head-on collision with a truck along the Ogoja – Ikom highway on Wednesday. The sisters according to a source at the Ogoja Catholic Archdiocese were travelling to Uyo in Akwa Ibom State for a church programme in preparation for the 2016 Easter when they met their tragic death at Alok, some few kilometres away from the Mbok Junction, in Ogoja local government area.
The Toyota Avensus car in which they were travelling was said to be overtaking a truck on a bend when it suddenly came upon the delivery truck of a bottling company and crashed onto it head on. ‘The driver of the car was on top speed and was trying to overtake another truck but this cocacola truck was going from Ikom to Ogoja and the car ran into it head on”. A source at the scene said
Our source said four of the sisters died on the spot while two were unconscious and both the dead and unconscious were taken to the Holy Family Joint Hospital at Ikom located some sixty kilometres away from the accident spot. When Vanguard visited the scene of the accident on Thursday morning, the mangled body of the Toyota Avensus was on side of the road while the truck was on the other side with tell tale sign of the tragedy still visible all around the place.
Bishop John Aya, the Catholic Arch Bishop of Ogoja Diocese could not reached on phone but a source, Rev Father Bekong Simon said the loss of the sisters was incalculable and “We are all devastated by their tragic death, we pray God to repose their souls for the were greatly committed to the expansion of the gospel in the country”