At least one person have been confirmed dead in an auto crash involving school teachers and some pupil, leaving several people injured along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
Dr. Sam Ngwu, the Enugu State Commissioner for Health, confirmed the development in Enugu on Thursday.
Ngwu said the accident occurred at Ugwu Onyeama, near Enugu at about 8.45 p.m. on Wednesday.
He said the incident involved 40 people, including pupils whose ages ranged from seven to 15 years, who were on an excursion to the Ngwo Forestry in the Udi Local Government Area.
“The victims were on excursion to Enugu State. Their bus fell into a gully and many of them sustained multiple fractures, lacerations, cuts and swellings on their faces.
“Some of the victims were immediately taken to nearby hospitals in Ngwo, following the intervention of the State Government.
“One of the teachers died in the process, which is a miracle, considering the severity of the accident,” the commissioner stated.
Ngwu said that the State Government on getting the information from the state’s emergency management agency deployed four ambulances to rescue the victims.
“Eleven persons were severely injured. Ten of them were later transferred to the National Orthopedic Hospital, while others were moved to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital.”
The Spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amarizu, was not available to comment on the incident.
He neither picked his calls nor responded to text messages sent to him.