About 20 women from Bayelsa State were yesterday burnt to death in a multiple accident after visiting the first lady Dame Patience Jonathan. It was gathered last night that the accident occurred at Ahoada, in Rivers State. It was said to have involved a Toyota Sienna car, jeep and a bus with an inscription, Peoples Democratic Party Women Initiative. A security source put the number of burnt victims at 20 adding that all the occupants of the bus perished. The source who spoke in confidence said:
“The affected women were travelling in the bus which went up in flames. They were burnt to ashes. Only one of the women was rescued.” It was learnt that the women paid a solidarity visit to the first lady in Okirika where they spent two days. The Bayelsa State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Vincent Jack confirmed the accident. He, however, said only nine persons burnt to death, two died without been burnt while many others were rushed to Madonna clinic in the area. He explained that the accident occurred when the tyre of the Toyota Sienna burst and rammed into the bus carrying the women. He said the jeep also rammed into the bus in confusion, a situation that made the bus to go up in flames.