No fewer than nine persons have died in a road accident in Bayelsa State.
Several others were injured in the accident, which occurred on Saturday along Gloryland Drive at Igbogene area of Yenagoa, the state capital.
Victims of the crash include an unnamed women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbia Local Government Area.
An eyewitness, identified simply as Destiny, claimed the bus conveying the victims entered a pothole along the road and somersaulted many times.
The eyewitness said that other vehicles behind the ill-fated Hiace bus allegedly rammed into it, causing multiple accidents.
“If the vehicle conveying them had not been speeding, the incident could have been avoided,” the source noted.
It was yet to be ascertained the status and details of other persons killed in the accident and those that were injured beside the PDP stalwart.
Bayelsa Police Command through its spokesperson Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident.
Butswat, a Superintendent of Police, said the traffic division of the command had taken the sketch marks at the scene and commenced investigation into the fatal accident.
He said: “The unfortunate accident occurred on Saturday, 4th December 2021 at about 1700hours, along the Glory Land drive, Igbogene, involving a Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg No. AKL 652 YP and a Toyota Forerunner Jeep with Reg No. KMK 923 AA.
“The accidental cars were also evacuated to the Igbogene Division for further inspection. The corpses of the victims were deposited at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri while the injured passengers are responding to treatment at the same facility.”
Chairman of the Sagbama Local Government Council, Hon. Embeleakpo Alale and the member representing Sagbama Constituency 1 Hon (Dr.) Godbless Nanaotumieyeseigha, after a visit to other victims receiving treatment at NDUTH, Okolobiri and Tobis Hospital, Yenagoa, expressed deep sadness over the accident.
“My thoughts are with the families of the bereaved. I am deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives of Sagbama origin or of any other human beings for that matter.
“We are monitoring the progress of survivors admitted in the hospital and will give whatever support we can,” he said.