By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa
At least, 12 persons has lost their lives in a fatal road accident when a Hiace bus loaded with 12 passengers was involved in a head-on collision with a Diesel truck tanker along the Tombia-Amassoma Road in Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that most of the passengers in the bus, who were travelling to Amassoma on Wednesday evening, were burnt beyond recognition as the bus went up in flames, presumably due to the impact of the collision.
The tanker believed to be conveying chippings to a construction site around the Ammassoma area, skidded off the road and swerved onto the path of the oncoming bus.
Sources said the bus had loaded at Tombia round about in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State and was almost getting to Amassoma before it collided with the trailer.
Nine persons were reportedly burnt to ashes on the spot following an explosion followed the accident, three others later died on arrival at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri.
Eyewitnesses said that the incident occurred at about 8.45 in the night,” the accident occurred along the Tombia /Amassoma road very close to the Airport Junction on Wednesday evening”.
Eyewitnesses told Daily Watch that the incident occurred at about 8.45 in the night,” the accident occurred along the Tombia /Amassoma road very close to the Airport Junction on Wednesday evening”.
The FRSC officials confirmed that preliminary investigation showed that it was over speeding on the part of the diesel truck,” we believe the truck driver removed the plate number and escaped from the scene of the accident. But the passenger bus carry plate number numbered VA6243”.
Confirming the accident, the Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, SP.Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident and said the scene was gory and horrible,”