Septuagenarian, four others die in fatal car accident in Bayelsa

Yenagoa—Five persons have lost their lives in Yenagoa, as a result of a ghastly car accident along the Tombia-Amassoma road area of Bayelsa State, Leadership Newspaper reports.

The accident, which caused traffic gridlock along the road leading to the popular Niger Delta University, NDU, and the Bayelsa International Airport, resulted in the death of three females and two male victims.

Confirming the accident, the spokesman of the Bayelsa Police Command, Asinim Butswat, said the fatal motor accident occurred on Thursday at about 4.40pm.

He revealed that a Toyota Venza with Reg. N0. KMK 617 BY and two Tricycles with Reg. No. NSK 073 QH and LND 223 QH were involved in the accident.

His words, “Five corpses were evacuated from the scene and three of them have been identified as, Okon Daniel ‘m’ 47 years, Oweinkuro Profit ‘m’ 52 years and Mrs. Domoye Ikpaipai ‘f’ 73 years.

“The other two corpses are a middle aged male and female”.

A staff of the popular hangout in Yenagoa, Asters and a student of the State owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, have also been identified as victims.

According to Butswat, police operatives are trailing one Buthurst Augusta Nyoun, who drove the Toyota Venza that allegedly caused the accident and fled from the scene.

“The Police have launched manhunt for the accused female who drove the Venza for possible culpable homicide. Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing woman.

“The sketch marks of the scene of the accident have been taken and investigation is ongoing.”

Confirming the number of casualties, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in the Bayelsa Sector Command, Mr. Soroh Tonye, said that four persons died on the spot, while another victim died on the way to the hospital.

The FRSC also attributed the probable cause to be over speeding during the rainfall. At the time of filing this report, no one was yet to ascertain the identities of the deceased victims.

Survivors are currently receiving treatment at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Yenagoa.

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