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One injured in Abia accident

At least one person was injured and unconscious while many others sustained minor bruises yesterday when an Enugu-bound Rivers State Transport Company bus crashed into a concrete fence at Ohiya, Umuahia, Abia State, on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

The accident occurred about 2p.m. The 18-seater passenger bus with registration number LG 20 PBT had 14 passengers on board. It hit the fence to avoid somersaulting into the nearby valley.

Narrating the incident, the driver said one of the vehicle’s front tyres pulled out while in motion and he struggled for about 200 metres to steer it to a safe stop. He said that no life was lost but that one of the passengers who sat on the front seat had injuries in the head and had been taken to the hospital. He said: “We were going to Enugu.

The tyre pulled out with the disk. If you look at the road, you will see the mark of the tyre. It was from that point that I started struggling with the steering to avoid a fatal accident.

Thank God nobody died.” One of the passengers, a young woman, said she was going to Enugu but would have to go to the hospital in Umuahia for medical attention.

She could not explain what or how it happened but was grateful to God for saving her life. She said: “I sat between the driver and the other passenger who had injuries in the front. All of a sudden I noticed that the bus was skidding off the road; the driver had lost control and then rammed into the wall here.”

The impact of the contact with the wall tore the front panel of the bus and shattered the windscreen. The scene of the accident was littered with passengers’ belongings.

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