No fewer than eight persons were feared dead in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia in a ghastly motor accident which occurred on Thursday evening.
The accident involved a Flour Mill Nigeria Ltd trailer with registration number Abia XA 555 UNC carrying gravel; three tricycles (Keke NAPEP); and an Abia Line Network Bus.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accident occurred near the water side bridge, Ogbor hill on the Aba-Ikot Ekpene road.
A witness said that five of the eight persons feared dead were passengers in the three tricycles involved in the accident.
Two were passengers on the Abia Line bus and another person suspected to be the driver of one of the tricycles were also feared dead.
The eyewitness, who craved anonymity, said the breaks of the truck failed while the driver was descending Ogbor hill near Umuoba road junction.
He said the driver lost control and rammed into the Abia Line Network Bus and the three tricycles.
He said the wind screen of the Flour Mill trailer, which was behind the Abia Line bus, was shattered and its bumper was damaged.
Another eyewitness, Mr Chidozie Ndukwe, who could not hide his shock, blamed the driver of the truck for the accident and accused him of descending the hill on high speed.
He said that several commuters inside the Abia line bus which the truck rammed into were severely wounded. Ndukwe said the driver and conductor of the truck that caused the accident were among the injured persons rushed to various hospitals in the city for medical treatment.