Twenty-one persons many of whom were pupils of Presentation Nursery and Primary School, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Awgu, in Enugu State have died in a road crash.
The incident happened on Wednesday and was precipitated by a trailer’s brake failure causing the vehicle to ram into fully loaded 608 Mercedes Benz bus conveying the pupils with 64 occupants among whom were 61 students, two teachers, and the driver.
The low-bed trailer is owned by a construction company and the crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. while the pupils were being conveyed home.
Also killed in the accident were some members of the school staff, a vulcaniser, a commercial motorcyclist, and an auto mechanic.
The Enugu Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogbonnaya Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said it was caused by a brake failure and reckless driving.
“As we speak, the confirmed number of death is 21. Of note is that not all the deaths were school children. Those working on the roadside were part of the casualties. There were a lot of artisans where the crash happened. Information reaching me also has it that the low-bed has a problem,” he added.
Efforts to reach the Awgu Council Chairman, Pedro Nwankwo, proved abortive. The school belongs to the Catholic Diocese of Awgu and is run by sisters from the Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) congregation.