Electric Pole Falls and Kills 35 football Fans In Calabar


It was tragedy in Calabar, Cross River State as 35 persons reportedly died after being electrocuted while watching the Europa Football League match between Manchester united and Anderlecht on Thursday evening.

The incident happened at around 9:30 pm at Nyagasang area of Atimbo in Calabar Municipality Local government area of Cross River State.
 A source revealed that the electrocution of the victims happened when a nearby transformer exploded twice during the match the second time, the high tension wire snapped and dropped on the viewing centre that was actually built with zinc.
 An eyewitness to the incident said “We were all inside watching the match when we heard the first explosion from the transformer, the heavy sound caused panic because some people shouted and ran out.
“after a while, we came back into the viewing centre to continue with the match. Shortly, we heard another heavy sound and when some people tried to run away from the centre, they were affected.
“Over 50 of us escaped death yesterday because we were standing by the door watching the game,” he said.
Another resident said “The whole thing happened within a minute or two. It happened at about 9:48pm. Those that died have being deposited in the mortuary. A few that survived have being taken to hospitals,”
Mrs. Irene Ugho, the state Police Public relations Officer, confirmed the incident.

 She said “We have heard the incident; some people were rushed to the University of Calabar teaching Hospital for Treatment.”
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