Tragedy struck at the Nawfia axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Anambra State, Tuesday night, when two Catholic Reverend Sisters, their driver as well as a husband and his wife were roasted to death in a fatal auto crash that involved a Toyota Hiace bus and a Toyota Highlander SUV, leaving road users and passers-by weeping and wailing.
Findings showed that the Reverend Sisters identified as Rev. Sr. Virginia Obike and Rev Sr. Monica Ilem, both Principal and Bursar of Handmaid’s Secondary School, Amansea, Awka North LGA, and their driver, Mr. Chamberlain Umunakwe, were traveling to Amansea from Ifite-Ogwari, Ayamelum LGA, where they intended to purchase bags of rice for the school.
Other victims in a Toyota Highlander were identified as Mr. Emmanuel Okeke, former Anambra State Government Storekeeper, and the wife.
Mr Ifeanacho Okeke, who spoke at the accident scene, said he spoke with his brother, Emmanuel at about 5:00pm, same day, and at about 9:00pm, his and the wife’s lines had gone off, leading to search and the sad discovery early in the morning, yesterday.
An eyewitness, Mr. Chinechelum Okonkwo, from Nawfia, said he arrived the accident scene during light rainfall when the vehicles were still burning, but it was late for any meaningful help.
Reverend Fathers and Sisters were seen at the accident scene, while others helped in taking the vehicles off the single lane of the Expressway for free flow of traffic, a local media outletlet said./SAHRE THIS
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