A commercial bus has run over a final-year student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, sending her to an early grave on Monday June 3, 2019.
What caused the accident?
According to reports, the deceased, Chiwendu Ebenezer, was on a motorcycle to go get Shawarma in the neighborhood when the bus lost control due to brake failure and rammed into the motorcycle she was on. The motorcyclist survived the accident while she sustained some serious injuries.
It was reported that some good Samaritans in the vicinity at the time of the accident had rushed her to the school’s Medical Center. She was referred to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital as her condition required more attention. Not long after her arrival at the hospital, she was confirmed dead.
The unfortunate Chiwendu died of internal injuries caused in the crash
Narration from eyewitnesses
An eyewitness at the scene, Jude, reported that the deceased did not get help immediately as people were reluctant to come to her rescue at first.
“People were scared of approaching her. They were just praying and looking for water. It was later that some of them summoned the courage to take her to the school’s health centre. When they got there, she was immediately referred to the OAUTH. The nurses, who attended to her, were crying, and she eventually died,” Jude said.
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A close ally of the deceased who pleaded anonymity disclosed that her death was due to internal injuries. He further said that medical personnel at the hospital revealed that a post-mortem examination would be done on her remains to identify the actual cause.
Obafemi Awolowo University, where Chiwendu was studying
Speaking on the incident, Abiodun Olanrewaju, Public Relations Officer Obafemi Awolowo University, confirmed that the deceased was run over by a commercial bus that lost control, and rushed to the hospital where she eventually died.
“Some good Samaritans, led by the university’s CSO, assisted in rushing the lady to the health centre of the university, where she was given first aid. From there, she was referred to the emergency unit of the OAUTH and she died 20 minutes later while the doctors were battling to save her life,” he said.