18 Passengers Burnt to Death in Accident

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James Sowole in Akure

Eighteen persons were early Saturday burnt to death at Oba Ile junction on Akure /Owo Road when a Toyota Hiace Bus and a lorry collided on the road.

The accident, THISDAY learnt, occurred at about 3:30 am on Saturday.

The two vehicles involved according to a source were a Toyota Hummer Bus with registration number ADAMAWA YLA 25 XU and a lorry with registration 873 XM LAGOS GG 873 XM .

While the lorry was heading towards Lagos, the bus was heading towards Abuja.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Ondo State Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said preliminary investigation revealed that the accident occured when the lorry was trying to avoid a bad portion on the road.

He said while the lorry was trying to avoid the bad portion, it collided with the bus coming from the opposite end and the bus caught fire burning all the occupants.

He said the driver and the motorboy of the lorry ran away immediately the accident occured to an unknown place.