No fewer than eight persons on Wednesday lost their lives, while five others were critically injured in a fatal road accident at the Agbogbo end of the Akure/Owo Expressway, Ondo State.
According to a witness, the crash involved a 14-passenger commercial Toyota bus with number plate, Plateau PKN 63 XA, and a commercial Mercedes Benz, with number plate, Abuja 561 KWL.
he witness said the incident occurred at about 5am, adding that he could not tell the cause of the accident.
He, however, noted that the position of the two vehicles after the crash indicated that it was a head-on collision.
One of the buses was said to be heading towards Abuja from Lagos, while the second was coming from Jos, Plateau State.
The witness said, “We just heard a very loud sound and we quickly rushed down there and met the two buses in the accident, while the passengers were trapped inside one of the buses. Many of them were already dead.”
It was gathered that men of the Ondo State Police Command and their counterparts from the Federal Road Safety Corps took the deceased to the morgue of the Ondo State Specialists Hospital, Akure, while the injured were receiving treatment at the hospital.
The identities of the victims were unknown as of the time of filing this report.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said it was caused by reckless driving and dangerous overtaking on the parts of the drivers involved.
“It was clear that the accident was caused by the recklessness of the drivers of the vehicles who we learnt overtook dangerously,” Joseph said.
The Commander of the FRSC, Ondo Sector Command, Mr. Vincent Jack, said 38 people were involved in the accident, adding that eight people died.
He added that the remains of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue.