18 passengers traveling from Effurun to Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State on Monday narrowly escaped death when the bus they were traveling in was engulfed by fire a few minutes after setting out on the journey.
Our correspondent learnt that the incident occurred at about 3pm along the busy PTI road in Uvwie Council Area of the state.
All passengers in the bus which is operated by the Delta City Transport Scheme under the ministry of transport survived the incident.
It was learnt that majority of the passengers were students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, and were returning back to school when another motorist spotted the fire and immediately alerted the driver.
Efforts by sympathizers and passers-by to put off the fire were unsuccessful as the bus got completely burnt.
A source said, “A passerby noticed the smoke emanating from the moving bus and alerted the driver who immediately stopped as the passengers scampered for safety. Immediately the travelers disembarked from the bus, it went into flame. We could not save the situation.”
All passengers’ luggage were all burnt by the fire that lasted for over 30 minutes.
The state commissioner for transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, could not be reached for confirmation of the incident.