15 persons were reported dead in an accident involving two petrol tankers and a commercial bus, which occurred Sunday morning at Odo Oba near Ogbomosho killing about 15 people and injuring several others, even as six persons were also confirmed dead in a motor accident in Urhonigbe town along Agbor-Abraka Road, Delta State.
The accident at Odo Oba occurred when one of the petrol tankers, coming from Katsina State tried to avoid a bad road thereby had an head on collision with an 18-seater commercial bus, which was coming from Ilorin-Ogbomoso end at a sharp bend along Odo-Oba village, which was about five kilometres to Ogbomoso.
It took men of the Fire Service some time to mobilise to the scene, while men of the Nigeria Army and the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), were on hand to offer assistance to the victims.
The spokesman of NEMA in the South-west, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, stated that the scene of the accident had been cordoned off, while traffic was diverted to alternative routes.
NEMA confirmed that about three persons escaped from the commercial bus.
A woman, who survived the accident narrated what happened in Hausa to newsmen, said that the driver of the commercial bus was trying to avoid a head on collision with the trailer when the accident occurred and that she saw a passenger sitting beside her burning.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the second petrol tanker had stopped by to assist the victims of the accident when his own vehicle was gutted by the flames from the burning vehicles.
However, there were conflicting figures on the number of the dead and those still trapped in the burning vehicles but the Ogbomosho unit commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) G. A. Adedipe said three people died, two trapped in the burning vehicles while nine that were injured have been taken to a private clinic.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the accident, which occurred at Urhonigbe town along Agbor-Abraka Road, Delta State involved two Toyota Hiace buses, occurred at about 12.40 p.m. Sunday.
Confirming the accident, the Umutu-Ebedei Unit Rs5.27 Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Bibian Ojialor, who supervises Ukwuani and Ethiope East Local Lovernment Areas of the state, explained that a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to Delta Line with registration number DT 19 B28 and another Toyota Hiace bus with registration number XC 597 WWR crashed into each other.
He said about 19 persons were involved in the crash, stating that six of the victims lost their lives on the spot, leaving 13 other occupants from the two other buses sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The Unit Commander, however, explained that the bodies of the six victims had been deposited in a morgue, while those injured were recuperating under the Intensive Care Unit of the Central Hospital, Agbor, where “they are being giving prompt medical attention.”
She attributed the cause of the crash to dangerous over-taking and over-speeding by the drivers, who wanted to beat records for monetary gains.