The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), late Tuesday, confirmed that seven persons have so far died while 29 others were injured in the tragic incident which occured during the Bikers parade.
The Bikers Parade is a major part of the Calabar Carnival.
According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Balarabe Sule , “I cannot confirm the actual number of the death presently but I can confirm that over 20 persons have been injured. He said.
“I have personally helped to evacuate a good number of the injured and some corpses to about three clinics in Calabar.”
Eye witnesses said that more than ten persons including spectators at the ongoing Calabar Carnival were killed when a vehicle lost control and swerved into unsuspecting crowd at the Carnival.
The incident happened at about 4pm on Mary Slessor Road, one of the carnival routes.
Today was listed by the carnival organisers for power bike and exotic cars parades. But the event started late.
The vehicle that lost control was not part of the carnival cars, according to the eye witnesses.
“We saw the truck coming from opposite direction of the carnival procession and rammed into waiting crowd of spectators, hawkers and residents of Bogobiri.
“As many as ten persons are believed to have been killed.”
One of the residents of the area, Abdullahi Mohammed said he cannot speak because one of his cousins was killed in the accident.
The Sector Commander of the Corps, Maikano Hassan who confirmed the incident said only seven persons have so far died.
The accident, occurred in front of a Mosque in Bogobiri along Mary Slessor during the Bikers Carnival.
The Sector Commander disclosed that the number of injured persons involved in the accident were 21 male adults, three women, two male children and three female children.
He said that the injured were rushed to Naval hospital and the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, and General Hospital for medical attention.
Speaking further , he said that the remains of the dead have been deposited in morgues of two hospitals in Calabar.
He said : “The incident occurred when a Toyota Camry car lost control and rammed into a crowd of onlookers during the carnival.
“While the injured are receiving treatment, those who died have been deposited in the morgue of the Naval hospital and the University of Calabar Teaching hospital.”
Eyewitnesses blamed the accident on poor crowd control management.
However, Gov Ben Ayade has condoled with families of those who lost their lives and promised to bring to book the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident.
A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Barrister Christian Ita said Governor Ayade is devasted by the incident and has directed security agencies to apprehend the motorist who is on the run.
Ita said the Governor directed the abrupt pause of the Bikers parade in honour of the victims of the accident.