Federal Road Safety Corps officials
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara State sector command yesterday confirmed that, three people who were involved in an auto crash were burnt beyond recognition on Sallah day in Ilorin.
THISDAY investigations revealed that the incident happened at a place close to NNPC depot at Oke Oyi, where fuel laden tanker had a brake failure, subsequently ramming into a taxi which caught fire as the tanker also lost control and fell, spilling its cargo on the road.
The state sector commander of the FRSC, Oladayo Ademoluti who spoke with newsmen Friday, said that, the men of the corps were helpless as the occupants of the taxi were burnt to death.
He added that the remains of the victims of the accident had been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITHI, Ilorin.
He further stated that 16 people died in another auto crash involving a trailer and a commuter bus at Osin river community, a suburb of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Wednesday.
It was learnt that the incident involved a trailer that was coming from the Northern part of the country and loaded with bags of beans and an 18-seater commuter bus.
THISDAY checks also revealed that a 10-year-old boy survived the crash as he was rescued from the wreckage of the vehicles some hours after the tragic incident.
An eyewitness account had it that the commuter bus was conveying passengers who were returning to Gbadamu-Ologi village, Ilorin East local government from Oke-Oyi market where they had gone to shop in preparation for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
He said that the accident occurred when the driver of the trailer lost control of the vehicle while descending a slope at a high speed and crushed the commuter bus while manoeuvring through the rough parts of the spot.