A ghastly road accident involving a flatbed self-loader and a 14-seater bus left no fewer than 14 persons dead in Rivers State.

The accident occurred on Thursday along the Ogbakiri area of the East-West exprees road in Port Harcourt.

An eyewitness told Bounce News that the Toyota Hiace passenger bus was overtaking the flatbed when the accident occurred.

The impact caused flames that engulfed the bus, burning the occupants beyond recognition.

Locals swooped into action in a bid to rescue survivors but were not successful.

Our correspondent met a combined team of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and men of Nigeria Police Force, at the scene,

The Rivers State Police Command confirmed the accident.

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Spokesman of the command, Nnamdi Omonia said investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing.

The dead bodies have been deposited in a mortuary in the state

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