10 die in Ondo auto crash
By Dayo Johnson
Akure—NO fewer than 10 persons, yesterday, died in an auto crash along Akure-Owo Expressway, Ondo State, with five others, who were seriously injured, on admission in a specialist hospital in Akure, the state capital.
A source gathered that the accident occurred at about 5 a.m. close to the Agbogbo Filling Station in Akure.
An eyewitness said the crash involved a Toyota 14-seater commercial bus with number plates Plateau PKN 63 XA, and another commercial Mercedes Benz bus with number plates Abuja 561 KWL.
A source said the crash was caused by the reckless driving of both drivers, while another source attributed the crash to over-taking by one of the drivers of the commercial vehicles, which led to a head-on collision.
Vanguard learned that one of the buses was reportedly heading for Abuja from Lagos, while the other was coming from Jos, Plateau State, and heading towards Lagos.
Another source said: “We just heard a very loud bang and quickly rushed down there, only to meet the two buses in the accident, while the passengers were trapped inside one of the buses. Many of them were already dead.”
Men of the Ondo State Police Command and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, had a hectic time removing bodies of the dead passengers from the wrecked buses.
The deceased was later moved to the morgue of the state specialist hospital.
The state’s Police image-maker, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the crash was caused by reckless driving and dangerous overtaking on the parts of the drivers of the buses.
According to him, “it was clear that the accident was caused by reckless driving of both drivers of the vehicles, who we learned overtook dangerously.”
via Vanguard News