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Photos: 11 funeral attendants die in fatal auto crash along Calabar-Ikom road

Tragedy as no fewer than 11 people on their way to a funeral reportedly died, two critically injured in a ghastly motor accident in Cross Rivers state.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the accident involved a white-coloured Hiace bus with number plates, EDA28XA along the Calabar-Ikom Highway in Mbarakom Community, Akamkpa Local Government Area of the State.

The tragic incident happened around 10 a.m on Thursday, September 24.

An eyewitness told newsmen that the crash was caused by brake failure while the vehicle was on high speed. Another witness, Albert Asuquo, who helped in the rescue operation.

‘The injured passengers were taken to the General Hospital in Akamkpa alongside the corpses, the eyewitness added.

A neighbor of some of the deceased persons simply identified as Mr. Effiong said they were in a chartered bus going to a burial of another neighbour who passed away.

“I know some of them very well, they are my neighbours and we stay in the same yard. Someone in the area died and they were going for the burial. It was a chartered vehicle for the burial. May their souls rest in peace.” He said.

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