No fewer than 20 people reportedly lost their lives while others sustained injuries in a road accident which occurred on Epinmi-Isua Akoko Road, in the Akoko South-East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Tuesday.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the vehicles involved had a
head-on collision on the road.
An eyewitness, who declined to be named,
said 14-passengers Toyota bus collided with a Range Rover.
It was also leant that after the collision,
the two vehicles caught fire which
consumed some occupants of the vehicles.
The eyewitness said, “One of the vehicles was overtaking another
vehicle on the road when it collided with another vehicle coming
from the opposite direction.”
He also explained that the drivers of the two vehicles survived
the accident with injuries, adding that they were receiving
treatment at the hospital.
It was further gathered that the men of Federal Road Safety Corps in
Ikare Akoko rushed to the scene of the accident and coordinate
the rescue operation.
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They reportedly deposited the corpses of the victims at the
morgue of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital in
The Public Relations Officer of the FRSC, Ondo Sector Command,
Mrs Antonia Oni, said she could not confirm the accident
because she was away on an official duty.
But the Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command,
Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, adding that the
accident occurred as a result of reckless driving
on the part of the drivers of the vehicles involved.
He said, “It was a sad incident, 15 people initially died in the fire,
they were burnt beyond recognition, while five others
died on the way to a hospital.
“We can also confirm that the accident occurred as a result
of reckless driving.”
Source: PUNCH Metro