The Federal Road Safety Corps, on Thursday, confirmed the death of 21 people, including school children, in an auto crash at Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The Enugu Sector Commander, Mr Ogbonna Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said that the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon at Nkwo Junction of the road around 4:30 p.m, when the school children were returning home.
The FRSC Sector Commander also confirmed the number of deaths.
The commander blamed the accident on speeding beyond the limit and dangerous driving.
Kalu said, “21 persons have been confirmed dead and more than 50 persons were in the school bus.
“Also of note is that not all the deaths were school children. Those working on the roadside were part of the casualties.
“From available information, the accident was caused by dangerous driving.”
The tragic incident was said to have occurred when a Lowbed truck belonging to a construction firm working at Oji-River – Awgu Federal Road lost control and rammed into a school bus conveying over 60 pupils of the Presentation Nursery and Primary School, Awgu owned by the Catholic Diocese of Awgu.