Four members of staff of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation died in a motor accident along Uyo-Oron Road according to the Federal
Road Safety Corps in the state.
Reports have it that the victims who all worked for the Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, the publishers of Pioneer Newspaper, were
returning from the traditional marriage of a colleague’s daughter when the incident occurred.
The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Sunday Oghenekaro, disclosed this in Uyo on Thursday.
Sunday Oghenekaro said the accident, which occurred on Wednesday evening, was a lone one involving a Hiace bus along Uyo-Oron
Road, near Ekpene Ukim in Uruan Local Government Area.
“Twenty-two persons were involved in the lone accident, comprising six male adults, 14 female adults and two female children.
One male adult and three female adults lost their lives in the accident.
This shows that the vehicle was overloaded and on speed, possibly the driver lost control, the vehicle somersaulted several
times, killing four persons on the spot, while 18 persons sustained several degrees of injuries,” Oghenekaro said.
A journalist who was also a passenger in the vehicle, Ituk Mbang, survived the accident and is currently receiving medical attention.
According to him, the driver of the vehicle who was over speeding and he lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a bend,
causing the bus to somersault.
According to the Sector Commander of FRSC, the injured are receiving treatment at Ituk Mbang General Hospital and those in critical
conditions have been sent to Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo.