At least 19 persons have been confirmed dead while several others have been left injured following a road accident on the Akure-Owo highway.
Naija News understands that the incident occurred in the afternoon hours of Saturday when the passengers were burnt to death beyond recognition while on their way to the northern part of the country.
The accident occurred when a passenger bus collided with a truck at the Oba-Ile axis of the road in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
The accident was said to be involving an 18-passenger bus with number plate; YLA 25 XU and a truck with the registration number; GG 873 XM
An eyewitness stated that the accident also affected two other vehicles, which went up in flames upon impact.
In his words the eyewitness said; “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.”
While confirming the accident, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph said in a statement obtained by Naija News that reads as thus; “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.”
Source: Naija News