Accidents Health and Safety

Road accident claims 7 in Osun

19 die, 26 injured in Kano auto crash — FRSC
Written by Maritime First

… As Man electrocuted while trying to steal transformer cables in Gombe***

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osun Command, has confirmed the death of seven persons in a motor accident that occurred on the Ilesa-Osu expressway on Wednesday.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr. Paul Okpe, in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo, said that a bus carrying some passengers from Zamfara lost control at about 3.45 a.m, around the Osu area.

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“A white Toyota Hiace bus loss control and ran under a billboard, leading to the death of seven persons, four of whom were burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

Okpe, who stated that the bus was carrying two motorcycles and some passengers as at the time of the accident, attributed it to speeding and disobedience to road traffic rule.

He said that the Federal Fire Service joined the corps to put out the fire before the victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, while the bodies of the dead were deposited in a morgue.

Okpe, however, called on motorists to be safety conscious while using the highway and observe road safety regulations.

 

In the meantime, an unidentified man allegedly trying to steal transformer cables was electrocuted in the early hours of Thursday at Labour Quarters of Tumfure community in Akko Local Government, Gombe State.

Dr. Adakole Elijah, Head, Corporate Communications, Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) confirmed the incident to the newsmen in Gombe on Thursday.

Elijah said “on Dec. 16, about 3.30 a.m., a vandal was electrocuted and died instantly while carrying out vandalism at Labour 1 Distribution Transformer of Tumfure 11 kv feeder.

“The vandal attempted to vandalise the upriser cable at the distribution transformer,” he said.

He said the incident was reported at Tumfure Police Division, and subsequently, policemen brought down the deceased who had not been identified.

He appealed to residents to always be vigilant and report any suspected cases of vandalism, while urging those into vandalism to jettison the acts in view of the danger it posed to them, communities and JEDC.

Elijah said JEDC had begun the installation of a solar lighting system around transformers and assured that all transformers would be covered with time to discourage vandalism.

A resident of the community, Zakari John, told newsmen that it was not the first time such was happening and had always resulted to blackout for the community whenever it occurred.

John said his community was in darkness for seven days the last time their transformer was vandalised and, “we contributed money and put concrete to secure the transformer. They usually come to steal copper wire.”

He appealed to JEDC to mount security lights at the transformer site to help residents to stop illegal activities around the transformer’s site.

 

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