It was a day of gloom and tragedy in Ondo State on Sunday as 11 guests at a wedding met their untimely death.
No fewer than 11 persons were crushed to death when a fully-loaded commercial bus collided with a trailer at the Akintelu end of the Benin-Sagamu Expressway. Five others persons sustained various degrees of injury.
Some guests at a wedding which held in Benin, Edo State, were being conveyed by a commercial bus, owned by EFEX Motors, when the accident occurred.
The trailer which was involved in the accident belonged to Dangote group of companies. The trailer driver who was later identified as Idrisu Oseni, was reported to have immediately disappeared from the scene, alongside his motor-boy.
Corpses and and other accident victims have since been removed from the scene and deposited in the morgue and hospital respectively by policemen from the Igbotakun division, as well as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ondo State command.
FRSC Commander of the Ondo state Sector, Osas Osadebamwen, said the ghastly accident occurred because the trailer driver, dangerously overtook the Efex bus.
“The accident happened around 3.30pm on Sunday and involved a Dangote trailer conveying bags of cement and a fully-loaded Efex Motors Toyota Hiace bus.
“We gathered that most of the occupants of the bus were returning from a wedding ceremony which held at the weekend.”
“We discovered that the Dangote trailer driver travelled at top speed. He left his lane and went to another lane. Instead of waiting for the vehicle that was diverting, he was impatient.”
“Because he was speeding, he couldn’t control the trailer. While struggling for control, the front part of the trailer detached and slid on the median. The trailer tyres burst into flames at that point. The backside of the trailer went to the other side of the road, where the Efex bus was coming from.”
“In the end, 11 people died in the accident, including eight adults and three children. Their remains have been deposited in a morgue, while the injured were taken to the Ore General Hospital for treatment.” He said.
Speaking on the ugly incident, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, also confirmed that no fewer than 11 people had died on the spot, while some five others are currently battling for their lives in the hospital.
Mr. Joseph said:
“The accident involved a Dangote Cement Company trailer laden with about 900 bags of cement, and a commercial bus belonging to Efex Motors.”
“Preliminary investigations showed that the Dangote driver drove against the traffic. He rammed into the bus and pushed it off the road, thereby killing 11 people, including the bus driver, Ramoni Ajadi. We have commenced investigation into the incident.”