Two 500 level and one 400 level medical students of the Abia State University Uturu, ABSU, have died in an auto crash less than one hour after attending the induction ceremony of their senior colleagues.

The incident occured Thursday evening at the Nunya axis of the Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway. They were heading for their base in Aba after attending the induction ceremony at the Uturu main campus of the university.

Two other persons travelling with them sustained injuries. They were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, where they were treated and discharged.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Chijioke Nwogu, confirmed the incident.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo, told Vanguard the incident as a very sad one.

She said she had visited the hospital to see the injured students. She also confirmed that they had been treated and discharged as their injuries were said not to be too serious.

On how the accident happened, the Abia commissioner said she was told that the students were driving a Toyota Camry when a tyre burst. The driver probably lost control and hit a tree by the road side.

Two of the casualties were said to have died on the spot. The third died few minutes after they were brought to the hospital.



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