Edem Edem, Calabar
Eleven persons were confirmed dead in Biase, Southern District of Cross River State when a thirteen –seater commuter bus had a head on collision with a truck along the Calabar –Ikom highway. The bus which belongs to Romchi Automobile was conveying thirteen persons from Calabar going to Ogoja in the northern part of the state.
The vehicle sources said was attempting to over take another vehicle at a bend at Biase village and ran into a speeding truck which crushed it leaving eleven persons dead. An eye witness said that all the passengers in the bus were crushed beyond recognition in the mangled bus except the driver and another young man seated in front seat with the driver came out alive.
“Many children along with their parents died in the accident and we had to use axes to cut off some part of the bus before we could bring them out,” our source said. As at the time of conveying the victims to the hospital, none of the deceased persons were identified and that it was the man who came out from the bus alive who informed them that the vehicle was coming from Calabar park along Eta Agbo Road near the University of Calabar to Ogoja.