Vehicle, Passengers, Plunge into Ebonyi Mining Pit


An unknown vehicle loaded with an unspecified number of passengers reportedly plunged into a water-filled mining pit at Enyigba Community, Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi state.

The incident, which happened at about 5pm on Saturday, left eye witnesses confounded as there was no means of rescuing its occupants.
An eye witness, said to be a lecturer with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, AE-FUNIA, Ndufu Alike Ikwo AE-FUNIA, Pastor Akachukwu Offia, who described the accident as “an ugly incident” said he saw the white painted vehicle which suddenly fell straight into one of the water-filled mining pits
“A vehicle fell into a pit. Driving from Abakaliki a little distance away from the Royal Salt Mining Company some minutes ago, I observed a white vehicle driving along the same direction. And suddenly, the car fell into one of the mining pits full of water and just very close to the road. It was like a dream to me while I followed the vehicle a little distance from behind.”
Pastor Offia, who said he notified other road users of the incident, lamented that despite efforts he and others put into rescuing the victims, neither the company which owns the mining pit nor others helped.
“I quickly stopped other vehicles from both sides to observe the true position of the accident. While we observed more closely, we discovered much ripples of the water due to the fall but could not sight the vehicle nor the passengers.
I quickly rushed with another private car owner to the Royal Salt Company to report the accident and seek for urgent rescue. But the rest were more of protocols which could not render an immediate help.
Another eyewitness disclosed however, that the vehicle was on top speed when it plunged into the pit. He said he was travelling behind the vehicle when it suddenly ran straight into the water logged mining pit.

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