Not less than seventeen people were reported to have been killed in an auto-crash on Thursday at Bacita junction, Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa express way in Kwara State.
According to the newsmen, the accident involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus and an articulated DAF trunk carrying container.
An eyewitness account revealed that the accident was due to over-speeding and dangerous driving as the two vehicles had head-on collision at a bend along the highway. The source said that while 17 passengers in the bus were killed, two occupants of the articulated vehicle suffered various degrees of injuries.
The Head of Operations of the Kwara command, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Udeme Eshiet, confirmed the road incident. He explained that the DAF container truck was going towards Jebba, in the Kwara North District, while the passengers’ bus was coming to Ilorin, the state capital, from Northern Nigeria when the crash occurred.
The FRSC official told newsmen that the crash occurred at a sharp bend, as a result of speeding, which led to head-on collision by the two vehicles.
He, however, called on motorists to be more careful while driving on the nation’s highways during rainy season to check avoidable accidents and passengers should not hesitate to caution or report any reckless driver to law enforcement agents.
Meanwhile, the remains of the deceased had been taken to a hospital in Ilorin, with the injured victims for treatment.