Graphic Photo: 18 People Burnt Beyond Recognition In Akure/Owo Road crash
At least 18 persons have died in a road crash which occurred on Akure road, Ondo State.
The accident occurred at about 330am when a lorry had an head on collision with a passenger filled Hummer commercial bus.
According to an eyewitness, the accident also affected two other vehicles, which went up in flames upon impact.
“The truck was coming from Owo end of the road. The driver lost control when he was trying to avoid a pothole. He swerved off to the other lane and collided with the bus, which was coming from Lagos, heading towards the northern part of the country.
“Immediately the two vehicles collided, they caught fire and burnt all the occupants of the bus. The victims were burnt beyond recognition.”
Mr. Olusegun Ogungbemide, Heads of Operations of the FRSC, said the crash occurred due to wrongful overtaking and speeding by the drivers of the vehicles.
“Yes, it is true the accident occurred at Airport road on the Akure-Owo road and it involved a truck and an Hummer bus. The crash was caused by wrongful overtaking and speeding on the side of both drivers.
“According to our investigations on the crash, the whole 18 passengers of the Hummer vehicle died in the crash. All of them were burnt beyond recognition and they were mostly all adults traveling from Abuja,” Mr. Ogungbemide.
Confirming the incident, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the bodies of the accident victims that had been deposited at mortuary of the state Specialist Hospital, Akure.
“It was a case of a head-on collision when the truck wanted to avoid a pothole on the road. The driver and the motor boy of the truck survived the accident but we are yet to know their whereabouts,” he stated.
He said the driver and the motorboy of the lorry ran away immediately the accident occured to an unknown place.