Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was, yesterday, thrown into confusion when news filtered into town that three candidates from the state scheduled to sit for the 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organised by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, were killed in auto-crash in Abua-Odual local government area of Rivers State.
The car in which they were travelling, a Mazda, reportedly travelling on high speed so as to beat time skidded off the road at about 6 a.m. due to poor visibility and rammed into a palm tree, killing three of the occupants on the spot.
Eye witnesses told our correspondent that the Bayelsa candidates arrived Ahoada junction in Rivers State at 7 a.m. to meet up the examination commencement time and negotiated with the driver of the ill-fated taxi to take them to Abua when they met their tragic end.
It was gathered that attempt by sympathizers to save the lives of the victims was futile as they were already dead.
Contacted, the police pubic relations officer, Bayelsa State, Emakpai Eguavoen (ASP), said the accident happened in a Rivers community and not in Bayelsa State.