At least, 13 persons, including a naval officer, lost their lives in a fatal road accident around Emohua area of the East-West Road in Rivers State.
The incident occurred when a Hiace bus loaded with 14 passengers had a head-on collision with a pail loader.
It was gathered that most of the passengers in the bus, who were travelling to Lagos on Thursday morning, were burnt beyond recognition as the bus went up in flames, presumably due to the impact of the collision.
The pail loader, it was learnt, skidded off the road and swerved onto the path of the oncoming bus.
A woman, who was identified as a naval personnel, was among those who lost their lives in the road accident, which happened after Choba Bridge.
Confirming the accident, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said the only survivor had severe burns and had been rushed to a nearby hospital.
Omoni said, “I got the report of a fatal motor accident after Choba, along the East-West Road, where a pail loader skidded off the road and had a head-on collision with an oncoming bus.
“The bus was conveying passengers to Lagos. The bus went up in flames and all the passengers, except one, were burnt beyond recognition.
“The person who survived had severe burns and he is said to be in the hospital for medical attention while the charred remains of those burnt had been gathered and taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for preservation.”