…As 19 perish in Kaduna-Abuja highway traffic crash, Sunday***
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Osun on Monday confirmed the death of two persons, including a radio presenter, in an auto crash on Ilesa-Ile-Ife expressway.
Mrs Kudirat Ibrahim, the Osun FRSC Sector Commander, told newsmen in Osogbo that the accident involving a luxury bus and a car occured opposite Old Sazo Oil station, Ilesa at 3:05 a.m. on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the radio presenter with a private station in Ilesa was on his way to work in his Peugeot car when the accident occurred
He was said to have been with two others in the car, one of whom also died in the accident.
The sector commander said the injured person had been taken to Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, for treatment.
She said, “The accident occurred on Monday morning at 3:05 a.m. involving a luxury bus with registration number LND 322XY and a Peugeot 406 with registration number SMK 312 GQ.
“About 54 persons were involved in the incident which led to the death of two persons while one person sustained injury.
“The deceased have been taken to a morgue in Ilesa, while the only victim with severe injury has been rushed to Wesley Guild Hospital in Ilesa for further treatment.”
Ibrahim said the accident was as a result of speeding by the drivers of the vehicles.
She advised road users to always minimise speed on highways and obey traffic rules.
Ibrahim, however, said normalcy had been restored on the route where the accident occured.
In the meantime, the Kaduna State Government said no fewer than 19 persons died on Sunday, in a road traffic crash on Kaduna-Abuja highway.
A statement issued by Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Monday in Kaduna, indicated that 34 other passengers sustained injuries and were evacuated to hospital.
Aruwan said, “Security agencies have reported that 19 people died in a ghastly road traffic crash at the Kateri axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.
“According to the report, the crash, which occurred late on Sunday evening, involved a commercial DAF trailer and was caused by a combination of speeding and an exploded tyre, leading to loss of control, which caused the vehicle to veer into the bush.
“A total of 53 people were involved in the crash, 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead.”
He added that the survivors were receiving treatment in hospital.
Aruwan also said that the driver, Auwal Idris, had informed security officials that all the passengers boarded the vehicle at Kara in Lagos and were heading to Kano, with a few of them disembarking in Zaria.