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5 Lord’s Chosen members die in fatal crash in Imo


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Over five members of the Lord’s Chosen Church have been confirmed dead following a fatal road accident involving a long coaster bus of the church and a tipper in Imo state.

This medium gathered that the bus and the tipper crashed into a Coca Cola Depot shop at Orogwe in Owerri West local government area of the state.

Members of the church were said to be visiting Owerri for a crusade slated to hold within the weekend when the incident occurred.

An eyewitness while recounting what happened said, “The accident is between a long coaster bus carrying members of the Lord’s Chosen, and a tipper. The two vehicles were coming from Onitsha to Owerri but the coaster bus, in an effort to overtake the tipper, now hit it by the side and immediately lost control.

“The driver tried to control the steering but it ran into a Coca-Cola depot where over ten of its staff were knocked down by the vehicle.

“When people gathered and started pulling victims out from the car, we discovered that three of the Coca-Cola staff died on the spot, others were badly injured.

“The tipper driver and his conductor also died. The conductor was forcefully pulled out of the back of the tipper and the moving tipper climbed on his head and pierced the brain. The driver also hit his chest on the steering and bled to death. It was a horrible accident.”

Meanwhile, when contacted, the police spokesman in Imo State, Henry Okoye, confirmed the incident.

He said over five persons have been confirmed dead so far while a yet-to-be-ascertained number of the victims had been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

“Over five (victims) have been confirmed dead. I don’t have the statistics for now. Those confirmed dead have also been deposited in the mortuary,” he said.

The police Image maker added that the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Danjuma Aboki, has drafted a police traffic team to the scene of the accident to help in evacuating victims.

He said the police commissioner has equally deployed a reinforcement team of police operatives to assist in controlling heavy traffic in the area caused by the incident.



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