By G9ija

No fewer than  nine persons have been confirmed dead following a ghastly auto crash that occurred along Calabar-Itu Highway on Friday at about 9:55 a.m around Okurikang axis.

The Sector Commander ,Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Cross River Sector Command,Cpyrian Ofordu, who confirmed the incident explained that 12 persons were involved but nine persons died on the spot while the 3 others were rescued  in critical condition.

According to him, the vehicles involved in the accident include a MACK truck and a Toyota Hiace bus with 12 occupants .

He said that the cause of the accident could not be ascertained adding that  crash  investigators were at the site and  would  come up with their report as soon as possible.

The FRSC Sector Commander who spoke with our correspondent on telephone  said that three persons were rescued from the 12 seater Hiace Bus while nine  others died , and they  have been deposited at the mortuary .

His words :”The three persons rescued  are in critical condition as we( FRSC) were called in  to rescue but what  we saw at the crash site was bad.

“Those involved were three female adults and 9 males ,but the nine persons who died have been deposited at the mortuary including two females and 7 males. If there are further developments, ,we will keep you abreast ,” Ofordu said.