[Cross River]–Not fewer than 30 people have been reported to be electrocuted on Thursday night in Calabar while watching the football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht.
The unfortunate event occurred at around 9.30 pm at Nyagasang area of Atimbo in Calabar Municipality local government area of the state.
According to NAN, twenty eight of the victims died on the spot while two died in the hospital and about 50 others were injured.
It was learnt 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 built with zinc.
According to an eye witness, when the transformer exploded the first time, it brought so much panic, with dozens of people leaving the centre.
“We were all inside watching the match when we heard the first strike 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.
ASP Irene Ugbo, the State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident to NAN in an interview.
The police officer said the police is aware of the incident and some of the people were rushed to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for treatment.
It was also noted that a statement would soon be relased by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg