53 persons have been confirmed dead after a multiple auto-crash occurred in Edo State.
The Edo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Friday, said that, not less than 53 persons had lost their lives in a multiple road accident which had occurred on Thursday evening at Abudu Bridge, along Benin/Agbor Road, in Orhionmwon Local Council of Edo state.
News sources have gathered that a bullion van was also involved in the crash, but it hasn’t been ascertained if the van contained cash.
Mayhem was unleashed when a tanker laden with petroleum product ran into a bullion van which was undergoing repairs on the roadside.
The policemen and security men attached to the van, were trying to divert traffic when the tanker failed to brake and rammed into the traffic. The vehicles behind the tanker were all incinerated.
Spokesman of the State’s FRSC command, George Otoaviokhai, gave the confirmation in a text message to newsmen in Benin. He said five persons also sustained varying degrees of injuries.
In the text messages, which was titled, ‘FRSC info on Abudu auto crash,’ Otoaviokhai said eight vehicles- two buses, one Sienna, one Dyna truck, one tanker, one Ford bus, one Toyota Corolla and one motorcycle, were involved in the accident, which he attributed to brake failure.
“All those in the two buses, Sienna and Corolla, burnt to ashes and one dead person taken to mortuary,” he said.
Mr. Otoaviokhai also confirmed that all the vehicles involved in the crash have been evacuated from the highway, while a mass burial for the deceased was to be carried out by health officers from Orhionmwon Local Council.
“The bullion van actually broke down and they were trying to fix it. They diverted traffic. It was in the process of diverting traffic that the tanker rammed into the other vehicles”
“It was not as if it was the bullion van that was affected; it broke down and it was fixed.
“It was not a head-on collision. The vehicles were coming from Agbor into Benin. The tanker rammed into parked vehicles. The tanker was loaded and there was a combustion.”