Two Die as Fire Breaks Out in Accident Scene in Anambra

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Two person said to be passengers in a commercial bus have lost their lives after the vehicle they were travelling in was involved in a crash.

A source said the commercial bus ferrying the duo crashed with another vehicle and burst into flames, leaving two persons dead, while other passengers escaped unhurt.

The Anambra Fire Service confirmed the incident, saying that some of the vehicles involved in the crash would have been saved, save for the bad culture of motorists not giving emergency vehicles right of passage.

Mr Martin Agbili, Chief Fire Officer in Anambra, said the accident occurred at about 1.36pm last Sunday, after which the Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call about a fire outbreak at the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Umuokpu, Awka.

His words, ‘The fire was caused by a road crash involving a Romchi Mass Transit bus and a Lexus RX350 vehicle.

‘We were able to fight the fire and extinguished it from spreading to other passing vehicles after so much delay at Amawbia flyover traffic.

‘We would have saved a lot, if not because of the chain traffic. People should learn to give way to emergency vehicles, especially fire trucks.

‘During the fire outbreak, two lost their lives, while other passengers escaped. We appreciate the prompt call of the public but we were delayed by traffic which made us not to reach the fire scene on time.’