No fewer than seven persons including school children have been confirmed dead with scores of others injured in a fatal auto crash along the Calabar-Itu road in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
The accident which occurred on Monday morning, March 15, along Ntak Inyang area of the highway involved a fuel tanker and two tricycles conveying school children and some passengers.
The Ntak Inyang area is currently under repair by the state government after it was cut off by a landslide. The Niger Pet Construction firm handling the remedial work had closed one side of the road to traffic forcing all vehicles to ply just one lane of the highway.
According to information at the scene of the accident, some bystanders said the Keke driver and the passengers including school children died on the spot.