No fewer than nine persons, including eight believed to be members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were in the early hours of Friday crushed to death at Ezzamgbo juction in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state.
The eight victims were said to be supporters of APC House Representatives candidate in the last general election, Uche Nshii, heading to Enugu state to witness the Ebonyi governorship ruling while the conductor of the tipper also died on the spot.
Meanwhile, the tipper driver and one occupant of the APC car were said to have been critically injured and were currently receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.
The APC-branded Sienna van was said to have rammed into the tipper along the ever busy junction.
An eye-witness narrated that the accident occurred at 8:10 a.m when the Sienna van going to Enugu suddenly dodged an Okada rider plying one-way but could not control the speed that forced him to jump over the median concrete divider of the dual carriageway to hit the tipper driver on its lane.
The source noted that the nine passengers died on the spot while the tipper driver was rushed to the hospital.