Oyo Auto Crash Claims 15 Lives


15 persons yesterday died in a multiple auto crash on Ogbomoso-Oyo-Ibadan when an 18-seater passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker.

The bus was said to be coming from Ilorin and heading to Ogbomoso when it crashed at a sharp bend on Odo- Oba village about five kilometres to Ogbomoso. Eyewitnesses said the collision resulted into an explosion.

The commercial driver it was learnt lost control of the bus and its passengers were flung out of the vehicle, leading to the death of 15 persons as only three persons reportedly survived out of the 18 passengers.

Men of the fire service, Nigeria Army and the National Emergency Management Authority {NEMA} were at the scene to help the victims.

The spokesman of NEMA in the South West, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye said they diverted on-coming vehicles to other alternative routes.

Victims of the accident were said to have been taken to Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogbomosho Unit Commander, Adedipe George while confirming the accident said that the auto crash happened some minutes before 9a.m. about 15 kilometres after Ogbomosho.

According to him, three vehicles; two tankers marked XB 476 AKK, XS 732 AGL and a Toyota 18-seater bus were involved. He added that three victims were burnt beyond recognition.

He said 23 people were involved in the accident, 21 of them were male and two females.

“Three persons were killed instantly while nine others were injured,” he said.
Two of the deceased he said were trapped inside one of the vehicles and burnt to ashes.

The injured according to George were taken to Ebun Oluwa Clinic, Sabo Ogbomoso, while the dead were taken to mortuary.