Six feared dead, 14 injured in Oyo road crash

No fewer than six persons have been confirmed dead, while 14 others sustained varying degrees of injuries, in a road accident which occurred on the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said that the driver of the 18-passenger white Toyota Hummer bus with number plate Lagos JJJ 941 XA, who was on a high speed, took off at the popular Akinyele market in Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan, before he suffered a tyre burst and lost control.

It was further gathered that the occupants of the bus, all males, were heading towards the northern part of the country before the accident.

When our correspondent visited the Atiba Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the unit commander, Bayode Olugbesan, confirmed that four persons died before the arrival of the corps members, while the injured were quickly rushed to the state General Hospital in Oyo.

Olugbesan, who attributed the cause of the accident to speeding and overloading, also confirmed that 20 persons were involved in the incident. He added that the corpses have been deposited at the mortuary.

He said, “All the victims are male and their destination is North. The cause of the crash was speeding and overloading. The bus was supposed to carry 14 passengers but was loaded with 20 passengers.”

The unit commander, therefore, urged the road users to be careful while driving, avoid speeding, overloading and night travelling.

A senior medical personnel at the state hospital in Oyo who did not want her name in print, said, “The road safety officials brought 15 victims (injured ones) to the hospital, but two of them have given up the ghost after we administered first aid on them.”

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