A sombre atmosphere overshadowed 2013 Democracy Day celebration in Bayelsa State as a number of persons were feared dead from a road accident and fumes from a power generating set.
A housewife, Chinyere and her four children were found dead in their home in the early hours of yesterday at Ekeki, a suburb of Yenagoa, while two other kids were unconscious and rushed to the hospital.
Also, students of Niger Delta University, NDU, who were involved in a ghastly accident along Tombia-Amassoma Road, Tuesday night, died.
The deceased woman and her children were believed to have inhaled fumes from a power generator they had left running in the house located along Toolda Road, Ekeki. They had left it inside for fear it would be stolen.
Bayelsa State had been without electricity supply in the last three weeks, when a tree fell destroying some of the pylon carrying the 33kv transmission line from Owerri to the Gbarantoru sub-station in the outskirts of Yenagoa.
Students in auto crash
On the ghastly road carnage involving students of NDU, an eyewitness, Enaikonzigha Fumgbe, a 100 level Sociology student of the institution, told newsmen at the accident scene that they were behind one of the buses travelling to Yenagoa when tragedy struck at 8pm, Tuesday night.
Fumgbe stated that both vehicles were travelling at high speed and the bus, with number plate Rivers XB 269 KPR, was attempting to overtake a trailer when it collided with the other bus with number plate, Rivers KNM 141 XA.
According to him, the bus was filled with part-time students of NDU, who were returning to Yenagoa after classes, while the other was heading towards Amassoma.
He said: “A girl in front of the bus, whose head was split in two, died on the way to hospital, while many others, who suffered serious injuries, were rushed to Gloryland Hospital, Etegwe, Yenagoa and others brought back to Amassoma.”
However, Police Public Relations Officer, Alex Akhigbe, who confirmed the accident, said though no death was recorded, several persons were seriously injured.
This reporter, who visited the scene of accident, saw mangled buses on both sides of the road, with dried blood stains inside the vehicle and on the road.